Cynthia Phelps


Cynthia Phelps Photo credit: Richard Bowditch

Violist Cynthia Phelps’s versatile career includes appearances as chamber musician, soloist, and as principal violist of the New York Philharmonic. She has appeared as soloist on major stages across the globe with the NY Phil, performing an extensive repertoire including specially commissioned concertos by Sofia Gubaidulina and Julia Adolphe. 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, Emanuel Ax, Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, and Yefim Bronfman. 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, and the American and Brentano string quartets. She is a frequent guest at the Marlboro, SummerFest La Jolla, 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, was nominated for a Grammy Award, and her recordings of Harold in Italy and Unearth, Release, written for her, with the New York Philharmonic are available on iTunes.