Cynthia Marcus Smith

Second Violin

Year you joined the ECSO:2007

Cynthia has been a violinist in the ECSO since 2007. In addition to playing in New London, she regularly performs at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with the Distinguished Concerts International Orchestra. She has played around the world in the major concert houses of Singapore, Italy, Austria, and Mexico. Cynthia teaches orchestra and music theory at public school on Long Island and is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Shirley Givens and Pamela Frank.

Favorite Musical Memories:My 3 favorite musical memories are learning and performing the Barber Adagio for Strings for the first time at the NYSSSA school of orchestra studies when I was 16, performing with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and performing with Jordi Savall at the Salzburg Festival.

Who/What inspired you to take up your instrument:My aunt is a former music teacher and she started me on recorder lessons when I was 6, followed by the piano. I was inspired to choose the violin in 4th grade because one of my best friends had already been playing for years and loved listening to her play.

Favorite Composer:Brahms