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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.
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 www.EDCWashington.com.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Cyncynates started violin studies with his father 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 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 US, 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. He also plays a Cremonese violin by Francesco Rugeri made in 1686 on loan to the National Symphony by the Fondazione Pro Canale. Mr. Cyncynates is a Larsen Strings Performing Artist.