Semi-finalists Announced in 2023 Sphinx Competition

November 16, 2022, 3:24 PM · Semi-finalists have been announced this week in the Sphinx Competition 2023, which will take place in Detroit, Mich. January 26-28, 2023.

Sphinx semifinalists 2023
Semi-finalists in the 2023 Sphinx Competition. Left, Junior Division; Right, Senior Division.

They are:

Junior Division Semi-Finalists:

Noah Carr, violin
Anthony Dorsey, violin
Quincy Eby, viola
Samuel Garcia, violin
Vincent Garcia-Hettinger, cello
William Miguel Johnson, cello
Brandon Leonard, cello
Devin O'Brien, double bass
Jan Vargas Nedvetsky, cello
Gabriela Salvador Riera, violin
Alette Williams, violin

Senior Division Semi-Finalists:

Ramón Carrero-Martínez, viola
Nathaniel De La Cruz, double bass
Njioma Chinyere Grevious, violin
Aaron Olguin, double bass
Thierry de Lucas Neves, violin
Harper Randolph, viola
Andres Sanchez, cello
Dillon Scott, viola
Alexandra Switala, violin
Luiz Fernando Venturelli, cello

The Sphinx Competition is a national competition in the U.S. for Black and Latinx classical string players. Finalists in both divisions have the opportunity to perform with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and compete for $100,000 in prizes, including the top Robert F. Smith Prize.

The jury for the 2023 competition includes Zuill Bailey, Joseph Conyers, Juan-Miguel Hernandez, Patrice Jackson, Jennifer Koh, Michael Kondziolka and Erik Ronmark.

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