Cynthia Phelps has earned a distinguished place among today's most accomplished performers. Currently the principal violist of the New York Philharmonic, she maintains a career that includes both solo and recital work, as well as numerous chamber music appearances. The recipient of many honors and awards, she captured first prize in both the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington D.C., International String Competition. As winner of the 1988 Pro Musicis Foundation Award, she has presented recitals in Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washing ton D.C., as well as in Alice Tully Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, and St David's Hall in Cardiff, Wales. She has been a featured soloist on St. Paul Sunday Morning, Radio France, RIA in Italy and WQXR in New York City. Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as "eloquent and powerful....a master of her instrument", she has also been featured on the MacNeil LehrerNewsHour, and CBS Sunday Morning.
Active in chamber music, Ms Phelps has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and New York's Bargemusic Series. She has also performed at the festivals of Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, Seattle, La Jolla, Prussia Cove, Naples, Cremona, and Scheleswig-Holstein. As a member of the Zukerman and Friend's Ensemble, she has regularly appeared in South America, Israel, and Germany. She has also toured with Music from Marlboro, and recorded on the labels of the Marloboro Recording Society, Polyvideo, Nuova Era, Virgin Classics and Covenant Records.