Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida
Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida became Principal Oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in September 1991, after two years as Associate Principal Oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra. A native of Burlington, Vermont, she received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan where she studied with Arno Mariotti. She received a Master of Music degree from Temple University as a student of Richard Woodhams.
Ms. DeAlmeida has attended the Marlboro, Tanglewood and Waterloo Music Festivals and has participated in several “Music from Marlboro” tours. She performed at Carnegie Recital Hall (New York) as a finalist in the Lucarelli International Oboe Competition in 1986.
Since joining the Pittsburgh Symphony, Ms. DeAlmeida has been featured as a soloist in the Bach Double Concerto (with Vladimir Spivakov, and Andres Cardenes), the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto, the Haydn Sinfonia Concertante, the Strauss Oboe Concerto, the J.S. Bach Concerto for Oboe D’Amore in A Major, the J.S. Bach Concerto in F Major, and the Mozart Oboe Concerto. In 1993 Lorin Maazel commissioned a concerto for his new principal oboist. Ms. DeAlmeida premiered Leonardo Balada’s Music for Oboe & Orchestra that year and also recorded it with Maazel and the PSO on the New World Record label.
Ms. DeAlmeida performs frequently as a chamber musician and has recorded André Previn’s Sonata for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano with Nancy Goeres and André Previn on the Crystal Records label.
Teaching has always been an important part of Ms. DeAlmeida’s musical life. She has been on the faculties of Temple University, Trenton State College, and presently Carnegie Mellon University. She has been a masterclass clinician in the United States and South America. Ms. DeAlmeida has performed and taught at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
Cynthia and her husband, José, live in the North Hills of Pittsburgh with their children, Veronica and Danny. She finds time to volunteer as a musical ambassador to the North Allegheny School District and at the Woodlands, a music camp for children with physical and mental challenges in Pittsburgh.