Cynthia Phelps,

viola

Cynthia's versatile career includes appearances as chamber musician, soloist, and as Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic. She has been a soloist with the Philharmonic on major stages across the globe, performing an extensive repertoire including a concerto by composer Julia Adolphe specially commissioned for her, 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. Cynthia has been featured in several national 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 with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Emmanual Ax, Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, and Yefim Bronfman, and has given recitals in the major music capitals across the globe.

As a much sought-after chamber musician, Cynthia plays 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, and with ensembles including the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, and the 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, and the New York Philharmonic String Quartet.

Cynthia’s numerous honors include First Prize in both the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington National Competition, the Pro Musicis International Award. Her CD, Air, for flute, harp and viola, was nominated for a GRAMMY Award. She can be heard on the Decca Gold, Marlboro Recording Society, Covenant, Nuova Era, Polyvideo, Virgin Classics, and Cala labels, and on, in a recording of Harold in Italy with the New York Philharmonic iTunes.