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The Fact That Changed Everything: Aaron Dworkin and Sphinx

Sphinx is on a mission to bring diversity to classical music. Since it began, black musicians have doubled in America's top orchestras.


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When music educator Aaron Dworkin talks about diversity in the world of classical music, he knows what it means. A MacArthur Fellow in 2005 and President Obama’s first appointee to the National Council on the Arts, Dworkin has earn many accolades, but still remembers that his love for classical music began at home. Adopted at two weeks old, the African-American became part of a white Jewish family in Chicago. It was here that he found his passion for classical music through playing the violin.

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