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Cenovia Cummins, Concertmaster

Cenovia Cummins, ConcertmasterCenovia Cummins is the concertmaster of The New York Pops, Riverside Symphony and School of American Ballet Orchestra. She has served as concertmaster for other orchestras including Eos, Roanoke Symphony, Naumberg Orchestra, San Francisco Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, and American Ballet Theater. She is also an active chamber musician having played with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Grand Canyon, and Moab Music Festivals.

She has recorded for or appeared on the “David Letterman Show,” “Saturday Night Live,” VH1, “Good Morning America” and “Conan O'Brien” backing up artists such as Tony Bennett, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, Britney Spears, Paul McCartney, Diana Krall, P. Diddy, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, among others.  As associate concertmaster she has toured three times with Barbra Streisand. Cenovia has also held chairs on many Broadway shows including American Idiot, Beauty and the Beast, Ragtime, Big River, Guys and Dolls, Cry Baby, City of Angels, Fiddler on the Roof, Bonnie and Clyde, Ghost, and many others.

Cenovia's violin solos have been featured in the major motion pictures Lovely and Amazing and more recently in the film Julie and Julia.  She also has two feature violin solos on Nellie Mckay's 2009 CD release Normal as Blueberry Pie, a tribute to Doris Day.  She has been featured many times in the New York City Ballet’s "Red Angels" for four dancers and solo electric violin.

Cenovia plays on a violin made in 1716 by Giovanni Grancino of Milan and violin bows made by contemporary bow makers, Michael Yeats and Jean Luc Tauziede.