January 30, 2022
Kebra-Seyoun Charles and Jonathan Okseniuk Announced as First Place Laureate Winners of the 25th Annual Sphinx Competition
Kebra-Seyoun Charles, left, and Jonathan Okseniuk.
Kebra-Seyoun Charles, left, and Jonathan Okseniuk.

Kebra-Seyoun Charles, double bass, the winner of the Senior Division and $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize

Jonathan Okseniuk, violin, the winner of the Junior Division and a $10,000 cash prize

Over $100,000 in prize money awarded in total

DETROIT, MICHIGAN (JANUARY 30, 2022) — The Sphinx Organization has announced the winners of the 25th annual Sphinx Competition for Black and Latinx string players. Presented by DTE Foundation, the finals concert was held virtually and streamed on Saturday, January 29 at 7:00 p,m, ET. Six finalists—three in each of the Senior Division (ages 18 to 30) and Junior Division (17 and under) categories—competed for a total of over $100,000 in prize money and performance opportunities.

The 2022 winners are:

Senior Division

First Place Laureate & winner of the Robert Frederick Smith Prize ($50,000): Kebra-Seyoun Charles, double bass

Second Place ($20,000) : Gabriela Lara, violin

Third Place ($10,000): Harper Randolph, viola

Audience Choice ($5,000): Gabriela Lara, violin

Junior Division

First Place Laureate ($10,000): Jonathan Okseniuk, violin

Second Place ($5,000) : Brandon Leonard, cello

Third Place ($3,000): Ana Isabella España, violin

Audience Choice ($1,000): Brandon Leonard, cello



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