Ricardo Cyncynates on the roles of the assistant concertmaster vs. concertmaster
Ricardo Cyncynates on teaching
Ricardo Cyncynates on his violin
What university or conservatory did you attend?
I attended The Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, Italy, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and Indiana University.
What is your favorite piece (or pieces) to play in the orchestra?
I love playing Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra among many other great pieces.Copland is always fun to play.
Do you have a pre-concert ritual or routine?
I never play a concert on an empty stomach.
Describe your favorite NSO moment:
I enjoyed our first tour to Russia. It was truly historical. Slava, our music director, was going back to his homeland for the first time after being expelled for supporting Aleksandr Solzhenityn. It was very emotional and unforgettable.
What are three songs or pieces you love to listen to?
I like to listen to Schubert Lieder: Gretchen am Spinnrade, Das Wander, Der Erlkönig among so many.
Did you grow up in a musical household?
Yes, even though my father was a dentist, he loved music and he played the violin and viola very well. He was my first teacher.
What did you want to be growing up?
I was interested in becoming an astronomer.
When did you know you wanted to be a professional classical musician?
I decided to be a professional classical musician when I was about 11 or 12 years old after being a prize winner in a national competition. I started getting invited to play concerts shortly after that.
What are your favorite things about living in the DC area?
The beauty of the area, the great museums, and the highly diverse and educated population.
Where is your favorite DC hangout?
I like the restaurants in downtown D.C. My personal favorite is Rasika. I also love spending time in Reston, where I live.
What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
I like enjoying the nature in our area, I have a large garden with lots of mature trees and in the fall, lots leaves!