Interlochen Arts Camp alumnus wins Sphinx Competition

  • Rubén Rengel performs during the final round of the 2018 Sphinx Competition. Photo credit: Kevin Kennedy.

  • Rengel rehearses with the Intermediate Symphony Orchestra during Arts Camp 2009.

Interlochen Arts Camp alumnus Rubén Rengel (IAC 09-10) has been named the winner of the 21st Annual Sphinx Competition.

Rengel, a violinist, received the top prize in the senior division of the competition. As the first-prize winner, he will receive the $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize, a custom-made gold bow by Berg Bows International and solo appearances with major orchestras. Rengel also appeared in both the 2016 and 2017 competitions, earning fourth place in 2016. He currently studies under Paul Kantor at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

The Sphinx Competition is an annual competition open to all black and Latino string players of junior high, high school and college-age. The competition is hosted by the Sphinx Organization, a national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. The organization was founded by Interlochen Arts Academy alumnus Aaron P. Dworkin (IAA 86-88).