P.J. Cinque, a William Floyd High School alumnus (Class of 2005) and a double-bassist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra (SDSO), recently visited his high school alma mater to work with students in master classes and catch up with his former teachers and mentors. P.J. visited with Chia Ling-Chien, the associate principal cello of the SDSO. Together, they met with approximately 180 orchestra students for an in-depth question and answer session, as well as later separated into master classes to focus on smaller group instruction.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to work with a musician of P.J.’s caliber who knows what it is to stand exactly where they are now [as high school students at William Floyd],” said Dr. Amy Mason Sckipp, P.J.’s former orchestra teacher at William Floyd High School, who added that he visits and offers to work with students every time he comes home. “For students to see that they too can strive for and achieve excellence will help them truly believe that they too can make a life of music.”
“To come back and jam with students and give back a little bit of what William Floyd music provided me means a lot to me,” said Cinque.
Mr. Cinque joined the San Diego Symphony in 2015. Prior to his appointment to the SDSO, he was a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and performed regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. As an educator, he served as the double bass professor at Capital University in Columbus, OH. He earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in double bass performance from The Juilliard School. He has performed in major venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Cincinnati Music Hall, Suntory Hall, the Beijing Concert Hall, and the Shanghai Grand Theatre. A committed chamber musician, P.J. participated in Denmark’s Thy Chamber Music Festival and the Kennedy Center’s fifth anniversary of the Conservatory Project. Outside of the classical music realm, he passionately explores music of different genres through arranging and performing with bands and other small ensembles, including the double bass duo, “Low Bros.” In San Diego, he also plays in a 1980s cover band called “The Modern Appliances” with fellow players from the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
During his time at William Floyd, he attended John S. Hobart Elementary School, William Paca Middle School and William Floyd High School.