Ifetayo Ali-Landing Takes Home the First Place Prize in National Music Competition

Chicago's Ifetayo Ali-Landing began playing the cello when she was just 4 years old after making the decision at the age of 3 to switch from the violin.

Now, at age 14, Ali-Landing is a competitive musician who recently won the Junior Division 1st Place Laureate prize at the 2017 Annual Sphinx Competition for her solo performance of Lalo's Concerto in D Minor with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra in Detroit.

According to the Chicago Defender, the annual competition "provides young Black and Latino classical string instrument musicians the opportunity to compete under the guidance of an internationally-renowned panel of judges and perform with established professional musicians."

"Last year I came in second place, which was great, but what I really wanted was first place, and this year I got it," Ali-Landing told the Defender.

This anticipated win, comes with a well-deserved award. Along with $10K in prize money, "Her win includes performances with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, participation with the Sphinx Soloist Program Partners, solo appearances with major orchestras, and a radio interview on “From the Top,” a nationally-broadcast music program."

Watch this throwback video to an incredibly talented 6-year-old Ali-Landing performing at a 2008 Chicago Music Association Recital:

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Photo Credit: Sphinx/Kevin Kennedy