Cellist Sterling Elliott began his studies at age three, made his solo debut at seven, and at fourteen won first place in the 2014 National Sphinx Competition. He also won the 2014 Richmond Symphony Concerto Competition and Bay Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition; took second place in the 2015 Richmond Symphony Concerto Competition; and was runner-up in the Hampton Roads Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Mr. Elliott performed for Yo-Yo Ma and has played alongside recording artist Jennifer Hudson. He was awarded the 2016 Isaac Stern Award by the Sphinx Organization, and was featured in a three-page interview in the October 2015 edition of Strings magazine.
Mr. Elliott has attended the Eastern Music Festival and Aspen Music Festival, and was selected to study alongside Itzhak Perlman and Ronald Leonard at the Summer Perlman Music Program. In April 2016 he attended a three-week residency in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he studied with Paul Katz and performed with fellow Perlman Music Program students. Mr. Elliott has appeared as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, New World Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Hampton Roads Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Colour of Music Festival Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. In the 2015–16 season he joined the seven-week national tour with the Sphinx Virtuosi Ensemble, which included a concert at Carnegie Hall.
Sterling Elliott is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in cello performance at The Juilliard School, where he studies with Joel Krosnick and is the recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.