Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Sphinx Organization: Announcing the 2021 Recipients of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence and $150,000 in Career Grants!

The Sphinx Medal of Excellence is the highest honor bestowed by the Sphinx Organization. In addition to a $50,000 career grant, Sphinx annually awards the Medals of Excellence to three artists who, early in their career, demonstrate artistic excellence, outstanding work ethic, a spirit of determination, and an ongoing commitment to leadership and their communities. This year's awards make history by featuring the first-ever symphonic conductor, first-ever oboist as well as its second composer!

The 10th Annual Sphinx Medals of Excellence will be bestowed at a private luncheon co-hosted by The Kennedy Center and honorees will be celebrated at a black-tie event in Washington, D.C.

Carlos Simon: Composer
Described as an “overall driving force” 
(Review Graveyard) and featured on 
Apple Music’s “Albums to Watch”, 
Simon was named as a Sundance/Time 
Warner Composer Fellow. Simon is a 
native of Atlanta, Georgia whose music 
ranges from concert music for large and 
small ensembles to film scores with 
influences of jazz, gospel, and neo-
romanticism. His music has been 
 performed by Tony Arnold, the 
Third Angle New Music Ensemble, 
Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Boston Pops, 
and others.

"This award allows me to continue my 
journey in telling the stories of my 
 culture through music. I am extremely 
grateful to be part of the Sphinx family 
and will continue to use my gift of music 
to impact the world."
- Carlos Simon

Lina González-Granados: Conductor
Lina González-Granados is an 
internationally renowned conductor 
of symphonic and operatic 
repertoire. She currently serves as 
the Solti Conducting Apprentice at 
the Chicago Symphony under the 
guidance of Maestro Riccardo Muti. 
She also is the Conducting Fellow 
of the Philadelphia Orchestra and 
the Seattle Symphony. She is the 
Artistic Director of Unitas Ensemble 
that performs works by Latinx 
composers and provides free 
performances for underserved 
communities. Her work with 
Unitas has earned her numerous 
community awards, multiple World, 
North-American, and American 
premieres, as well as the 
creation and release of the 
 Unitas Ensemble album 
“Estaciones,” recorded alongside 
the Cuarteto Latinoamericano.

"My biggest wish with this award
 as the first Latina conductor to 
receive the Sphinx Medal of 
Excellence is to keep paving the 
way for my fellow Latina 
colleagues so when they reach 
the top, the landscape embraces 
them fully and looks equitable 
and amicable."- Lina González-Granados

Titus Underwood: Oboe
Titus Underwood is the 
Principal Oboe of the Nashville 
Symphony, having previously 
served as Acting Principal Oboe 
since September 2017. Prior to 
performing with the Nashville 
Symphony, he served as 
Acting Associate Principal of the 
Utah Symphony. He received 
his Master of Music from The 
Juilliard School, where he 
studied with Elaine Douvas, 
with additional studies with 
Nathan Hughes and Pedro Díaz. 
He earned his Bachelor of Music 
at the Cleveland Institute of 
Music as a pupil of John Mack, 
legendary principal oboist of 
The Cleveland Orchestra. While 
there, he also studied with 
Frank Rosenwein and Jeffrey 
"The Sphinx Organization has always 
meant a lot to me, as my late sister 
Naira was a Sphinx (violin) alum who 
introduced me to the organization 
over 15 years ago. Receiving this 
award will allow me to fund other 
projects that will hopefully inspire 
other future trailblazers in the 
 industry."- Titus Underwood

Read more about the 2021 Medalists!

Sphinx Organization

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