Violist CYNTHIA PHELPS‘s versatile career includes appearances as chamber musician, soloist, and as Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic, with which she has appeared as soloist on major stages across the globe, performing an extensive repertoire including 2 specially commissioned works; a concerto by composer Julia Adolphe, which also premiered at the Eastern Music Festival, and a double concerto commissioned for her with Associate Principal violist Rebecca Young by the acclaimed Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, among other repertoire. She has also been featured in several nationwide “Live from Lincoln Center” telecasts with the Philharmonic and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and on National Public Radio, Radio France, and RAI in Italy. Other solo appearances include the Minnesota Orchestra, Shanghai, Vermont, and San Diego Symphonies, Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. She has collaborated internationally with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Emmanual Ax, Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, and Yefim Bronfman, among many others, and has given recitals in the major music capitals across the globe.
A much sought-after chamber musician, she performs regularly with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and at New York’s Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd Street Y, as well as with ensembles including the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Guarneri, American, and Brentano String Quartets. She is a frequent guest at the Marlboro, Summerfest LaJolla, Bridgehampton, Vail, Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe, Cremona, and Schleswig-Holstein Festivals and is a founding member of “Les Amies,” a flute-harp-viola trio.
Ms. Phelps many honors include First Prize in both the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington National Competition, and she is a recipient of the Pro Musicis International Award. Her most recent recording, Air, for flute, harp and viola, was nominated for a Grammy Award and her recordings can be heard on the Marlboro Recording Society, Covenant, Nuova Era, Polyvideo, Virgin Classics, and Cala labels, and itunes, in a recording of Harold in Italy with the New York Philharmonic.