Vincent Garcia-Hettinger, 14, is a student of Kenneth Freudigman, principal cellist of the San Antonio Symphony. Vincent began his cello studies at the age of five. He was recently selected as the youngest of nine semi-finalists in the junior division of the 22nd Annual Sphinx Competition held in Detroit this past February. As the winner of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Concerto Competition, Vincent made his solo debut with the San Antonio Symphony in May 2019 performing the Saint-Saëns Concerto. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2019 Sphinx Performance Academy at Juilliard and is also a recipient of the Sphinx Organization’s MPower Artist Grant for coachings and private lessons.
In April of 2018 Vincent was one of four cellists from south Texas selected to perform in a master class with Johannes Moser. Vincent has also performed in master classes with cellists Gloria Lum of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Marilyn de Oliveira, assistant principal cellist of the Oregon Symphony, Jeffrey Zeigler, former cellist with the Kronos Quartet, and Astrid Schween of the Juilliard String Quartet. Last summer Vincent was awarded a scholarship to attend the Interlochen Arts Camp as a 2018 Texas String Scholar. He was one of two cellists selected for the Intermediate Advanced Strings Program and served as principal cellist for the Interlochen Intermediate Symphony Orchestra for the entire camp. As the Concerto Competition winner, he performed the first movement of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 with the orchestra.