Cynthia Phelps is the New York Philharmonic’s Principal Viola, The Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Rose Chair. Highlights of her solo appearances with the Orchestra have included performances on the 2006 Tour of Italy, sponsored by Generali, performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante in 2010, and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths in 2011, which the Orchestra commissioned for her and Philharmonic Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young and which was premiered in 1999. Other solo engagements have included the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. Ms. Phelps performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jupiter Chamber Players, and the festivals of Santa Fe, La Jolla, Seattle, Chamber Music Northwest, and Bridgehampton. She has appeared with the Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion, American, Brentano, and Prague Quartets, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. She has given recitals in the major music capitals of Europe and the U.S., and her honors include First Prize in both the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington National Competition. Winner of the Pro Musicis International Award, Ms. Phelps’s most recent recording, Air, for flute, harp and viola, was nominated for a Grammy Award. She has performed as soloist on Live From Lincoln Center, NPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning, Radio France, and RAI in Italy.
Cynthia Phelps last performed for La Jolla Music Society in SummerFest 2015.
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