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Sterling Elliott


About this Artist

Acclaimed for his stellar stage presence and joyous musicianship, cellist Sterling Elliott is a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and the winner of the Senior Division of the 2019 National Sphinx Competition. He has appeared with such major orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with noted conductors Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Thomas Wilkins, Jeffrey Kahane, Bramwell Tovey, and Mei-Ann Chen. 

The 2022/23 season saw his debuts with the Colorado Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, and Fort Worth Symphony. He appeared in recital under the auspices of the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, Shriver Hall in Baltimore, the Tippet Rise Festival, and Capital Region Classical in Albany, NY.  

Sterling has a long history with the Sphinx Organization, where he first won second place in the 2013 National Sphinx Competition Junior Division, then won the 2014 Junior Division. In 2016 he received the organization’s Isaac Stern Award and toured with the Sphinx Virtuosi in 2018 before winning in 2019. 

Sterling is a two-time alumnus of NPR’s “From the Top,” where he was a recipient of a scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and he performed several concerts at the 2019 World Economic Forum in Switzerland. He is a Young Strings of America ambassador for SHAR Strings. 

In 2019, Sterling was the first recipient of The National Arts Club’s Herman and Mary Neuman Music Scholarship Award. In spring 2022, he participated in the “Performance Today” Young Artist Residency, which featured educational events, interviews, and a feature on the nationally syndicated radio program. 

Sterling Elliott is a Kovner Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he recently completed his Master of Music degree studying with Joel Krosnick and Clara Kim. He received his undergraduate degree in cello performance at Juilliard in May 2021. He currently performs on a 1741 Gennaro Gagliano cello on loan through the Robert F. Smith Fine String Patron Program, in partnership with the Sphinx Organization.