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      "Sterling's mastery, musicality, and personal charm were all evident Saturday where he performed Victor Herbert's Cello Concerto." The Charleston;

      "The concerto provided a perfect vehicle for Sterling to demonstrate his impeccable technique and musicality." The Charleston Post and Courier.

      "Cellist Sterling Elliott, held a full Severance Hall in his grasp with a strikingly mature account of David Popper's "Hungarian Rhapsody," a feisty virtuoso showpiece on the Cleveland Orchestra's "Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert." The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Fifteen-year old Sterling Elliott has been hailed for his solo performances. However, Sterling has enjoyed a simple, and humble musical journey. He began his cello studies at the age of three under the direction of Suzuki Cello teacher Susan Hines. Sterling, the youngest of 3 siblings, did not originally want to play the cello; he wanted to play the violin like his older brother and sister. After a bit of encouragement, he made The Elliott Family String Quartet perfect by learning to play the cello. Sterling continues to perform frequently with his siblings and mother in the Elliott Family Quartet/Trio.

Sterling was accepted into his first orchestra, the Peninsula Youth Orchestra (PYO) when he was just six years old. He served as principal cellist for the PYO Sinfonia when he was 7 years old. At the age of 8, he was accepted into the advanced orchestra, the Peninsula Youth Orchestra. At the age of 10, Sterling became principal cellist of the PYO. Sterling also served as principal cellist for the District Honors Orchestra in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Sterling served as principal cellist for the Senior Regional Orchestra in 2013 and 2014. He is currently principal cellist with the Bay Youth Orchestra of Hampton Roads.

Sterling made his solo debut at the age of 7 when he became the first place Junior Division winner of the PYO Concerto Competition, and was featured as a soloist with the orchestra. He then went on to solo with the orchestra as the first place winner of the Senior Division of the PYO Concerto Competition in 2010. Sterling has also enjoyed solo opportunities the Hampton University Orchestra in 2009 and 2010. In 2012, Sterling's was accepted as one of

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the youngest National Sphinx Competition Semi-Finalists. Upon Sterling's return from the National Sphinx Competition, Sterling won the Grand Prize for the First Presbyterian Young Artist Competition in February 2012. In 2012, Sterling received a full scholarship to the Eastern Music Festival (EMF) where he was a winner in the 2012 EMF Concerto Competition.

Other notable accomplishments are; 1st Place in the York River Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, 2nd place winner in the 2013 National Sphinx Competition, 1st Place winner in the 2014 National Sphinx Competition, and 1st Place winner in the 2014 Richmond Symphony Concerto Competition. Sterling enjoyed the honor of performing for French and American cellist Yo Yo Ma and also performing alongside recording artist Jennifer Hudson. He was selected as among the most gifted young musicians in the world to study alongside Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program in 2014. Sterling also won the Bay Youth Orchestra Concerto competition in December 2014 with his performance of the Prokofiev Cello concerto.

Sterling has been featured as guest soloist with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio, The South Bend Symphony Orchestra in South Bend, Indiana, The Colours of Music Festival Orchestra in South Carolina, the New World Symphony in Miami Beach Florida, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Sterling is also a two-time alum of NPR's From the Top, a nationally syndicated radio broadcast featuring America's most talented young musicians, where he was announced as a recipient of a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Award.

Sterling attends Menchville High School were he is an honor roll student and he currently studies with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra's principal cellist, Michael Daniels.