2012-2013 Guest Artist
Ricardo Cyncynates, Violin
Violinist Ricardo Cyncynates has performed extensively as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Mr. Cyncynates is Assistant Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra and was appointed to this position by Mstislav Rostropovich following Mr. Cyncynates's tenure with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has appeared as soloist with the orchestra in concertos by Mozart and Vivaldi as well as in Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy, Saint-Saëns's Havanaise, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso , Sibelius's Six Humoresques and Paganini's 24th Caprice for solo violin on a program led by Music Director Leonard Slatkin for the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference Concert.
Mr. Cyncynates has performed as soloist with a number of other Washington area orchestras in concertos by Bach, Brahms, Busoni, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Paganini, Saint-Saëns, 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. The Ensemble makes a point of performing and recording not only the famous trios for their combination but also solo and duo works, along with newly commissioned works. The Ensemble da Camera is the resident chamber music ensemble at George Mason University.
Mr. Cyncynates was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After studying with his father, Felix Cyncynates, he made his debut at the age of eleven as the winner of Brazil's National Young Soloists' Competition. He completed his studies at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, Accademia Chigiana in Sienna, and at Indiana University studying with Arrigo Pelliccia, Salvatore Accardo and Franco Gulli.
In his native country, his extensive solo career and his position as First Concertmaster of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, (a position achieved at the age of 19) resulted in numerous awards including those given by the National Research Council of the Brazilian Government, Encyclopaedia Britannica , and the Schering Corporation.
Mr. Cyncynates is a renowned teacher with several students receiving prizes in national and international competitions. He has given master classes throughout the United States, Asia and South America. He performs on "The David" 1873 Jean-Baptist Vuillaume and a bow specially made for him by the renowned French Archetier Benoit Rolland.