Friday, September 10, 2010

Aaron P. Dworkin, Sphinx Organization Founder & President Since 1996, Born Sept. 11, 1970

[Aaron P. Dworkin] has featured violinist Aaron Dworkin (b. 1970) as a Classical Musician of African Descent for nearly 10 years. The fact that Aaron Paul Dworkin is only now turning 40, after serving as Founder and President of the Sphinx Organization since 1996, is strong evidence of the vigor of his leadership and the power of his concept of an annual national classical music competition for Black and Latino string players, supplemented by year-round educational programs and support.

Aaron Dworkin was born on September 11, 1970 in Monticello, New York and moved to New York City two weeks later. "As a biracial kid growing up as a black man in America, adopted when I was two weeks old by white parents, I am, at my spiritual, emotional, intellectual and biological core, the embodiment of diversity. As a musician and a writer, I have experienced the power that the arts possess to bridge racial and cultural divides and touch a mosaic of people from differing backgrounds and communities." Excerpt from Aaron P. Dworkin's Web site,

Dick Gordon interviewed Aaron Dworkin 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:

Each year brings new achievements, such as this year's founding of the Catalyst Quartet, which joins the Harlem Quartet and the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra. Performances in Detroit's Orchestra Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall and even the White House have continued to demonstrate the diversity of talent for classical music. The Summer issue of the classical music magazine Listen, Vol. 2, No. 2, names Aaron Dworkin one of “Today's Top 15 Classical Music Ambassadors.” [William Grant Still (1895-1978) and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004) are also profiled at, which complete Works Lists compiled by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma of Lawrence University Conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin.]

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