The Sphinx Organization is a national non-profit founded in 1996 by Aaron P. Dworkin (http://sphinxmusic.org/
Sphinx is honoring three musicians whose accomplishments distinguish them among musicians of color. Along with Simmons, Composer/Pianist Gabriela Lena Frank and Trumpeter Stanford Thompson will be recognized. The recipients will be honored at a black-tie dinner in Washington D.C. where they will also perform. At last year's event, Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer were among the attendees. Simmons will perform Franz Liszt's Grande Paganini Etude in A Minor (variations)
"Every time I walk on stage, without saying a word, I understand that for many people I'm smashing quite a few stale stereotypes about classical music. I make part of my career talking about the dearth of diversity, in not only ethnicity, but in thought and in presentation, at the highest levels of this field. But to be recognized by an organization that is not only talking about it, but stands as a living, breathing example of what that diversity can look and sound like is truly humbling. I'm honored to now have this association with the Sphinx organization,"
Recently, while in Detroit, Jade performed at Orchestra Hall alongside the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra as the culmination of the Finals Concert to their 16th Annual Concerto Competition. An uncommon display of passion and innovation at every turn, pianist Jade Simmons is easily one of the most exciting and versatile artists on the scene today. Jade’s multiple talents make her a true Renaissance woman of the millennium taking her in the direction of arts presenter as founder of the Impulse Artist Series, 2009 winner of Best Non-Profit Arts Series (Houston Press); writer, lecturer and creator of Emerge Already!, a career-building platform for emerging artists including videos, blogs and books. She also writes on arts-related issues for the Huffington Post.
Jade is committed to expanding the boundaries of Classical music and its presentation. In addition to touring stateside and abroad, Simmons' impossibly diverse career includes serving as the webcast host for the 13th Van Cliburn Piano competition (Ft. Worth, TX) and the XIV Tchaikovsky International Competition (St. Petersburg/Moscow)
In light of these achievements, she was listed as one of Ebony magazine’s Top 30 Leaders under 30 (2008) and named Houston’s Best Arts Ambassador by the Houston Press. Essence magazine featured her alongside First Lady Michelle Obama and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas as a part of their Style & Substance list highlighting women who have expanded the definition of beauty and achievement. Recently, she was named "Classical music's No.1 Maverick" by renowned arts journalist and critic Greg Sandow.
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Read more about the Sphinx Organization and their Medals of Excellence at http://www.sphinxmusic.org/