Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida has been principal oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1991, having previously served as associate principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra for two years.
Since joining the Pittsburgh Symphony Ms. DeAlmeida has been featured as a soloist in concertos by Bach, Haydn, Vaughan-Williams, Strauss, and Mozart, and has collaborated as a soloist with Pinchas Zukerman, Andres Cardenes, and Vladimir Spivakov. In 1993 she premiered and recorded a commissioned concerto by Leonardo Balada with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Lorin Maazel for New World Records. Ms. DeAlmeida premiered Lucas Richman’s concerto The Clearing, which was commissioned for her by the Pittsburgh Symphony, in February 2006 before performing it with the Knoxville Symphony two years later.
In November 2002, Ms. DeAlmeida’s first solo CD, Classic Discoveries for Oboe, was released on the Boston Records label. American Record Guide hailed it as “a masterly recording,” declaring Ms. DeAlmeida “one of the finest exponents of the instrument anywhere.”Her second solo CD, Mist Over the Lake, was released on the Crystal Record label in 2006 to similarly rave reviews, and she can be heard on the label’s recording of Sir André Previn’s Sonata for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano with the composer. In November 2009, Ms. DeAlmeida performed and recorded Brahms’ German Requiem with Marek Janowski and the Radio Orchestra of Berlin.
Ms. DeAlmeida has been a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University since 1991. She previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Temple University and Trenton State College. She has also been a faculty member at the University of Maryland’s National Orchestral Institute and frequently teaches masterclasses at universities throughout the United States and abroad. In 2003 Ms. DeAlmeida was featured in a CBS Early Show segment on the oboe and its remarkable health benefits for asthma sufferers.
Ms. DeAlmeida received a bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Arno Marriotti, and a master of music degree from Temple University, where she studied with Richard Woodhams.
She has been a member of the Music Academy faculty since 2002.