Sphinx Virtuosi (members)
Michelle Cann, piano

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 6:00 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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In-person tickets are not available for this performance. Please join us via livestream.

About This Performance

Note: This performance was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14. 

The two Sphinx Virtuosi members highlighted on this program have crafted a fantastically conceived concert of solos, duos, and a trio. The evening spotlights Venezuelan violinist Rubén Rengel—the 2018 Sphinx Competition winner who has appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, and Houston Symphony—and Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa who earned First Prize in the 2016 Sphinx Competition, is a 2017 Astral Auditions winner, and has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra. Pianist and newly appointed Curtis Institute faculty member Michelle Cann joins the duo as guest artist.

CasarrubiosSEVEN for Solo Cello
Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 2 for Solo Violin
Debussy: Cello Sonata
Bartók: Violin Rhapsody No. 1
Shostakovich: Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 67

Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

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Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our livestream programming.

This concert is supported in part by Grant Greapentrog

The Artist(s)

Sphinx Virtuosi
Sphinx Virtuosi
The Sphinx Virtuosi are the nation's most dynamic, exhilarating professional chamber orchestra, dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in classical music. Comprised of 18 of the nation's top Black and Latinx classical soloists, the Virtuosi are primarily alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition, and its members work together as cultural ambassadors reaching new audiences.… Read More
Michelle Cann, piano
Pianist Michelle Cann made her orchestral debut at age fourteen and has since performed with various ensembles including the Philadelphia and Florida Orchestras and the New Jersey, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Sphinx symphony orchestras. Ms. Cann regularly appears in recital and as a chamber musician throughout the U.S., China, and South Korea. Notable venues include the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing,… Read More


Meet the Sphinx Virtuosi
2018 Sphinx Honors Concert