2022 Sphinx Competition and SphinxConnect to Go Virtual

The decision was made due to the COVID-19 variant and its potential threat to the participants

Former Sphinx Competition Winner, Sterling Elliott


The 25th Annual Sphinx Competition, from January 26-29, 2022, and SphinxConnect: Forging Alliances from January 27-29, 2022, will now be held virtually with no in-person participation.

Much like many events, the safety concerns from the pandemic are forcing organizations to make the difficult decision to either cancel, postpone, or go entirely virtual. For the Sphinx Organization, an all-online competition and conference were feasible, with additional details about each event and how to participate to be shared shortly.

SphinxConnect is one of the largest and longest-standing conventions dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the classical music industry — welcoming hundreds of musicians, industry leaders, educators, funders, diversity advocates, and administrators. You can register, here.

The Sphinx Competition is held every year in Detroit (MI), offering young Black and Latinx classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges.

You can find the semi-finalists, here.

The participants also get to perform with and receive mentorship from established professional musicians. Finalists in both divisions have the opportunity to perform with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra — the unique Black and Latinx orchestra comprised of top professionals from around the U.S.

The top prize in the Senior Division will receive the $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize and solo appearances with major orchestras.

All semi-finalists and finalists have access to scholarships and fine instruments through the Sphinx Music Assistance Fund.

The competition will be streamed here on The Violin Channel from January 26-29.