Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Aaron Dworkin, Founder/President of the Sphinx Organization, Born Sept. 11, 1970

[Photo of Aaron P. Dworkin by Bruce Giffin, Detroit Public Television]

The African American violinist Aaron P. Dworkin is internationally known as President of the Sphinx Organization, a unique national arts program he founded in 1996 to provide vital music training and support for young Black and Latino string players. The national Sphinx Competition draws the finest young string players of color to Ann Arbor and Detroit each year. Gala concerts by Sphinx Laureates have become a tradition at Carnegie Hall; the next will be held October 21, 2008 at 6:00 pm.

Aaron Paul Dworkin, who is profiled at, was born on September 11, 1970 in Monticello, New York and moved to New York City two weeks later. Dick Gordon interviewed him in detail on the American Public Media radio program The Story Feb. 16, 2007. The 50-minute segment includes excerpts of classical works of William Grant Still, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Joseph Haydn. It can still be heard at the program's archive:

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