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14-Year-Old Cello Prodigy Wins Coveted National Music Comp

TALENT: Ifetayo Ali CREDIT: Blavity

TEEN PRODIGY Ifetayo Ali-Landing is building a busy career as a cello master, and has already took home the coveted 1st place prize in the 2017 Annual Sphinx Competition.

The student at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute in Chicago, IL, also won a $10,000 cash prize, and gained the opportunity to feature as a soloist with major orchestras and perform with the all black and Latino Sphinx Symphony Orchestra.

This, along with a nationally-broadcast radio appearance on the prestigious NPR and PBS broadcasted talent showcase From the Top, shows that the 14-year-old competitive musician is making her mark as a premier cellist.

Ali-Landing began playing the violin as a toddler before deciding to switch to cello at the age of 3. Since then, she has received numerous awards and performed in several showcases including the 2013 Friends of the IPO (Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra) Rising Stars Showcase where, at age 10, she recorded the 1st movement of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor.

This performance went viral, racking up over 53,000 YouTube views and 8 million Facebook views.

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