Monday, November 22, 2021 Sphinx Venture Fund Announces 2022 Recipients: The organization awarded almost $300,000 worth of grants to the three chosen organizations

The Violin Channel

November 22, 2021

The money will be used to fund two new competitions: the inaugural Nina Simone Piano Competition for Black pianists, the inaugural New York City Opera Duncan-Williams Voice Competition for emerging, Black and Latinx singers. The third grant went to "Composing Inclusion," a commissioning project for Black and Latinx composers to create works with “flexible” orchestration.

The inaugural Nina Simone Piano Competition for young African American pianists will be held in summer 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The competition was created by pianist and conductor Awadagin Pratt and will be presented by his Art of the Piano Festival & Foundation in partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. To be held every two years, it will take place before the annual two-week Art of the Piano Festival on the CCM campus.

The new New York City Opera Duncan-Williams Voice Competition competition for emerging Black and Latinx singers will be launched in 2023 by the New York City Opera (NYCO) in partnership with the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). It will have no entry fee and offer monetary audition support to successful applicants. The competition will offer cash prizes, performance contracts with NYCO, and mentorship.

"Composing Inclusion," a partnership between the Juilliard School, the New York Philharmonic, and the American Composers Forum. This project will connect young composers at Juilliard's pre-college program with players from the New York Philharmonic, with the goal of commissioning new works. 

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