Her mother is a music teacher and a violinist along with her older sister. Ali-Landing said just about everyone around her growing up played an instrument so it was inevitable that she would.
When she was 4 years old she added the cello to her repertoire of musical instruments. It soon became her favorite.
When Ali-Landing was 12 years old, she became involved with the Sphinx organization, which specializes in teaching classical musicians of African American and Latino descent.
In 2016, she entered the Sphinx competition and came in second place. In 2017, she entered again and won.
Now Ali-Landing travels around the country to perform. She says she loves to inspire people to find their passion just like she was able to do in playing the cello.
"I love inspiring people to do what they want to do," Ali-Landing said. "It doesn't even really have to be music. I love getting them to believe that they can do whatever they want to do, whatever they believe in, whether it be swimming, track, gymnastics. They can do it."
Ali-Landing plans to study music in college one day and said she wants to go to Juilliard or Curtis Institute of Music.
Ali-Landing will perform at the Wilmington Symphony's opening night Saturday at the Wilson Center.
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