This 14-Year-Old Cellist Is Making Her Mark In Classical Music

This isn't the last you'll hear of this young prodigy.
Ifetayo Ali-Landing began playing cello at just three years old.
Ifetayo Ali-Landing began playing cello at just three years old.

If you haven’t heard of Ifetayo Ali-Landing yet, you may soon.

The 14-year-old cellist won first place in the 20th Annual Sphinx Competition’s junior division in February.  

The competition, which takes place in Detroit, Michigan, allows teens and college-aged black and Latino string players to compete amongst professional musicians. 

Ali-Landing came in second during last year’s competition, but a runner-up position didn’t sit well for the prodigy. 

“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, who transitioned from the violin to the cello at age four, told the Chicago Defender in February. 

Although Ali-Landing’s victory, which comes with a $10,000 award and the promise of solo appearances with major orchestras and an appearance on the national radio program From the Top, took place a couple of months ago, her performance only recently began making its rounds among black media outlets

Ali-Landing currently attends the Hyde-Suzuki Institute in Chicago. Keep killin’ them strings, girl. 

Watch her interview with the Sphinx following her win below: 



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