Ricardo Cyncynates on the roles of the assistant concertmaster vs. concertmaster
Violinist Ricardo Cyncynates has performed extensively as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Appointed assistant concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra by Mstislav Rostropovich, he has appeared as soloist with the orchestra in concertos by Mozart and Vivaldi as well as works for solo violin and orchestra by Mozart, Paganini, Saint-Saëns, Sarasate, and Sibelius. Mr. Cyncynates has performed as soloist with various Washington area orchestras in concertos by Bach, Barber, Brahms, Busoni, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Paganini, Saint-Saens, Sibelius, as well as in Bernstein's Serenade. He has also appeared as recitalist and chamber musician at the area's most prestigious concert venues.
In 1990, together with clarinetist Claire Eichhorn and pianist Anna Balakerskaia, he founded The Ensemble da Camera of Washington, today widely considered one of the premier ensembles in their instrument combination. Their national concert tours, radio broadcasts and several recordings for the Vernissage Records label have met with unanimous acclaim by audiences and critics alike. Their series of concerts at the Lyceum of Old Town Alexandria are all fundraisers for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Please find out more at www.EDCWashington.com.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Cyncynates studied the violin with his father, Felix Cyncynates, and made his debut at age 11 as the winner of Brazil's National Young Soloists' Competition. By age 19 he had an extensive solo career to his credit, and was appointed first concertmaster of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. He completed his studies at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome; Accademia Chigiana in Siena; and at Indiana University, studying under Arrigo Pelliccia, Salvatore Accardo, and Franco Gulli.
Mr. Cyncynates is a renowned teacher with students receiving prizes in national and international competitions. Several of his former students are also members of major orchestras in the US and Europe. He has given master classes throughout the United States, Asia and South America. He performs on a violin made in 1873 by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume ("The David") and uses a bow specially made for him by the renowned French archetier Benoit Rolland, winner of a 2012 MacArthur Fellowship. For more information, please visit www.ricardocyncynates.com.