Violinist Njioma Grevious (Norfolk '21) has been name First Place Laureate in the Senior Division of the 2023 Sphinx Competition. In addition to the $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize and solo concert engagements with major orchestras, Grevious received the Audience Choice Award, a prize of $5,000.
Originally from Boston, MA, Grevious graduated from The Juilliard School and is a member of the Abeo Quartet, the University of Delaware’s Graduate String Quartet in Residence. She is a recipient of The Juilliard School’s John Erskine Prize and the Music Academy of the West Keston-Max Fellowship to study and perform with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2022. With the Abeo Quartet, Grevious was a Fellowship Recipient at the 2021 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Presented annually by the Sphinx Organization, the Sphinx Competition is a national competition offered to young Black and Latinx classical string players. Performers compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges as they perform with and receive mentorship from established professional musicians.
Finalists in both the junior and senior divisions have the opportunity to perform with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, the unique all Black and Latinx orchestra comprised of top professionals from around the country, and compete for a total of nearly $100,000 in prizes, including the top Robert Frederick Smith Prize.
The Sphinx Organization is a social justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.