The Kennedy Center
Ricardo Cyncynates

Ricardo Cyncynates
First Violins
Acting Associate Concertmaster

Ricardo Cyncynates joined the National Symphony orchestra as Assistant Concertmaster in November of 1987. He was appointed to that position by Mstislav Rostropovich following his tenure with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He made his solo debut with the orchestra in 1990 performing Sibelius' Six Humoresques, led by Maestro Rostropovich. He has since been featured soloist with the NSO in works by Mozart, Paganini, Saint-Saëns, Sarasate and Vivaldi. In the Washington area he has also performed as soloist with various orchestras in concertos by Bach, Barber, Brahms, Busoni, Dvorák, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Paganini, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius, as well as in Bernstein's Serenade.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Cyncynates frequently performs in Washington's most prestigious venues including the Library of Congress, Corcoran Gallery, National Gallery of Arts, Smithsonian Institution and the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center. 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 annual concerts at the Lyceum of Old Town Alexandria are all fundraisers for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Among their many educational activities, they are the In-Residence Ensemble of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. The ensemble has developed an innovative and intensive program of chamber music instruction for the AYPO. This program, which has received generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, includes intensive coaching, public masterclasses, and concerts. To find out more about the Ensemble da Camera of Washington, please visit

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Cyncynates started violin studies 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. He is the recipient of awards given by the Brazilian National Research Council, Schering Corporation and Encyclopædia Britannica.

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 U.S., Europe and Asia. He has given master classes throughout the United States, Asia and South America. His violin is the 1873, ”The David” Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. For more information, please visit

Contact Information

  • National Symphony Orchestra
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    Phone: 202-416-8100
    Fax: 202-416-8105

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 101510
    Arlington, VA 22210