The Sphinx Foundation, which was founded by my old friend Aaron Dworkin, has received a $4 million gift from an anonymous donor. That gift will allow them to expand their programs that provide instruments, training, competitions and opportunities for minority musicians in classical music.
Aaron has an extraordinary story himself. As a young violin prodigy, he found himself almost always to be the only non-white musician in the orchestras he played in. That led him in 1997 to form the Sphinx Foundation, which has become a real game-changer in classical music. They’ve helped tens of thousands of young minority musicians. But as Aaron points out in this talk, there is so much more to do:
With board members like Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Andre Previn, the group is starting to make a difference. The young musicians whose careers they’ve helped enable are making their way into the world’s great orchestras. And now that Aaron is on President Obama’s National Council for the Arts, he’s gaining the influence to make real progress. I’m very proud to call him a friend and continually inspired by his energy and passion for music and for diversity. Here’s a video of the story of his foundation: