Ifetayo Ali-Landing

Sphinx Performance Academy Alum

Ifetayo Ali-Landing began her musical studies on the violin and switched to cello at the age of 4. The 17-year-old’s teachers and coaches have included Lucinda Ali-Landing, Megan Lauterbach, and Martine Benmann at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute in Chicago, as well as Tahirah Whittington, Oleksa Mycyk, and Hans Jørgen Jensen.

Additionally, she has attended the summer music camps of the Chicago Suzuki Institute (Deerfield, Illinois), Illinois Wesleyan University, Sphinx Performance Academy, Meadowmount School of Music, The Young Artists Program, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Gateways Music Festival. Ali-Landing was named the first-place laureate of the Sphinx Competition’s Junior Division in 2017 and subsequently performed as a soloist with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra in Detroit’s Orchestra Hall. She was awarded as the second-place laureate of the same competition in 2016 when she was also named one of the winners of the DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers, after which she made a solo performance with the festival’s Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra.

Ali-Landing has also been featured with such ensembles as the Wilmington (NC) Symphony, New World Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Southwest Michigan Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. Her recordings, radio, and television appearances include Holes in the Sky with Laura Downes, “White Christmas” for Jessie J with the Matt Jones Orchestra, NPR’s From the Top episode 349 with host Christopher O’Riley, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, and WFMT Radio’s Introductions. In 2013, at the age of 10, Ali-Landing was honored at the Friends of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s Rising Star Showcase where she recorded the first movement of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1. To date, this video has over 100,000 views on YouTube and over 15 million on Facebook. She has more recently made video recordings of the first movement of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 and Ginastera’s Pampeana No. 2 for Violoncello and Piano, Op. 21.

She is currently a freshman at the Colburn School in Los Angeles where she studies with Clive Greensmith.