14-Year-Old Cello Prodigy Ifetayo Ali-Landing Wins 2017 National Music Competition [VIDEO]

 In today’s “Good News of the Day”, we have the story of an amazing young lady by the name of Ifetayo Ali-Landing doing big things in the world of classical music. Check out the details below…

While most teens are consumed with navigating puberty, Ifetayo Ali-Landing is busy being a cello master. A student at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute in Chicago, IL, Ali-Landing recently took home the coveted 1st place prize in the 2017 Annual Sphinx Competition.

Check out Ife playing this amazing piece at only 10 years old!

Along with a $10,000 cash prize, the young prodigy will also have an 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, 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.

The performance of which went viral with over 53,000 YouTube views and 8 million Facebook views. – via GoodBlackNews

If you just skipped over the performance video and read this article, go back and watch it because she is amazing! Ife is just another example of Black excellence and more proof that Black Girls Rock! S/O to Ife for her incredible accomplishments and we wish her nothing but the best!

 

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