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Artist Spotlight: Sterling Elliott and Wynona Wang

Oct 24

Join us for an evening with cellist Sterling Elliott, recipient of the 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and pianist Wynona Wang. The duo opens with Brian Raphael Nabors’s lyrical Cello Sonata and explores the Czech musical tradition with works by Josef Suk and Leoš Janáček. Shostakovich’s D Minor Cello Sonata, an early work inspired by the Classical sonata form, rounds out the program.



7:30 PM




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Kenneth C. Griffin Sidewalk Studio, David Geffen Hall


Program Notes

Brian Raphael Nabors

Cello Sonata


Ballade and Serenade




Cello Sonata


  • Sterling Elliott


    Cellist Sterling Elliott is a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and the winner of the Senior Division of the 2019 National Sphinx Competition. Acclaimed for his stellar stage presence and joyous musicianship, he has already appeared with major orchestras such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with noted conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Thomas Wilkins, Jeffrey Kahane, Bramwell Tovey, and Mei Ann Chen. In the summer of 2022 he made his Aspen Festival debut, performing the Brahms Double Concerto with Gil Shaham, following his German debut in May 2022 performing chamber music with Daniel Hope in Munich. In the 2022–23 season Elliott makes his debuts with the Colorado Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, and Fort Worth Symphony orchestras, among others, and returns to ensembles including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He gives recitals under the auspices of the San Francisco Symphony, Shriver Hall in Baltimore, Tippett Rise Festival, and Capitol Region Classical (Albany, New York), in addition to introducing the New York Philharmonic’s Artist Spotlight series. In October he participates in the Caramoor Music Festival’s prestigious Evnin Rising Stars series, a weeklong program of coaching and chamber music culminating in a performance in Katonah, New York. Sterling Elliott is a Kovner Fellow at The Juilliard School, where he is pursuing his master’s degree studying with Joel Krosnick. In May 2021 he completed his undergraduate degree in cello performance at Juilliard. He performs on a 1741 Gennaro Gagliano cello on loan through the Robert F. Smith Fine String Patron Program, in partnership with the Sphinx Organization.

    Learn more about Sterling Elliott
  • Wynona Wang


    Pianist Wynona Wang was selected as First Prize winner of the 2018 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the latest in a series of First Prize performances, including the 2017 Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana. She was also awarded the 2019 Charlotte White Career Grant by the Salon de Virtuosi in New York City. An active performer in China, Europe, and the United States, her recent engagements include the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Meadows Symphony Orchestra of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and major festivals such as PianoTexas, Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary (Canada), International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York City, and Chautauqua Institution. International solo appearances have included the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic Society of Ukraine and the Romanian Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra in Italy. She has given numerous solo piano recitals in China — in Beijing, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Kunming, Ningbo, and Dalian — as well as in Madrid, Spain, and Jakarta, Indonesia. Born in Beijing, Wynona Wang began playing piano at age four, and went on to study at both the Music Elementary and Secondary schools at the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In the fall of 2016 she was awarded a full scholarship for her performer’s diploma at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She now lives in New York and is pursuing her undergraduate degree at The Juilliard School as a student of Robert McDonald.

    Learn more about Wynona Wang

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