Ten Things To Know About The 14-Year-Old Nigerian Won The US Grand National Music Competition

She’s 14-year old of age and a Nigerian-born girl. Ifetayo Ali-Landing won first place in the just concluded grand National music competition in the United States of America.
Here Are 10 things on this whizkid, Ifetayo Ali-Landing that might interest you.

Ali-Landing began her musical studies on violin when she was able to
stand.  At age 3, she decided that she preferred the mellow sounds of
the cello and begged her mother to switch and was allowed to switch at
age 4.

2 She has  studied with teachers at summer music camps at
Suzuki-Deerfield, Illinois Wesleyan, Sphinx Performance Academy, and

3 Ifetayo was honored at the Friends of the IPO
(Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra) Rising Stars Showcase in 2013 at age
10, when she recorded the 1st movement of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto
No. 1 in A minor.To date, this video has over 48,000 YouTube views and
over 8 million Facebook views

4 The amazing teen is also the Junior Division 2nd Place Laureate of the 2016 Sphinx Competition.

 Ifetayo was selected as one of the winners of the 2016 DePaul Concerto
Festival for Young Performers competition and performed as soloist with
the Festival’s Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra.

7 Ifetayo is the
Junior Division 1st Place Laureate of the 2017 Annual Sphinx Competition
and performed as soloist with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra at
Orchestra Hall in Detroit.

8 Over the years, she has placed or
received honorable mentions for the Society of American Musicians (SAM)
competition, Depaul Concerto Festival for Young Musicians competition,
and the Music Festival in Honor of Confucius competition.

9 She
also recorded “Celtic Hymn” from Northern Skies for cello and piano by
James MacMillan who discovered the video and complimented Ifetayo via

10 Her most recent YouTube recordings are Cello Concerto
No. 1, 1st Mvt by Dmitri Shostokovich (2016) and Pampeana No. 2 for
violoncello and piano, Op. 21 by Alberto Ginastera (2017).

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