Violinist Nathan Amaral, a 28-year-old from Rio de Janeiro, has been named the winner of Sphinx Competition’s Senior Division. Amaral receives the Robert Frederick Smith Prize, a $50,000 award, and the opportunity to perform with several major orchestras across the nation.
The 27th annual competition was held in Detroit in January. The competition showcased the exceptional talent of Black and Latinx classical string players. The finalists performed alongside the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of top professionals from around the United States.
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Judges for the 2024 Sphinx Competition included Joseph Conyers, Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra; violinist Randall Goosby; cellist Seth Parker Woods; Alasdair Tait, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of Young Classical Artists Trust; George Taylor, Professor of Viola at Eastman School of Music; violinist Elena Urioste; and John Zion, President & CEO of MKI Artists.
Watch Amaral’s first-place performance, a compelling rendition of the first movement of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Concerto for Violin in G minor.
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