Cynthia Steljes, beloved oboist and founding member of Quartetto Gelato passed on December 29th 2006 after a heroic battle with pleural mesothelioma, a rare form of asbestos related lung cancer.
Cynthia Steljes (oboe, English horn) displayed not only “breathtaking virtuosity” (Chicago Tribune) but also played “with tremendous expression and grace” (Milwaukee Journal). Cynthia appeared often as a guest soloist with chamber ensembles and orchestras.
Cynthia was a special soul whose contributions to the arts and to the lives of all who knew her were too many to count. She will be missed by all and words cannot begin to describe the blessing that we feel to have had her in our lives.
Peter De Sotto has made a steadfast promise to his beloved Cynthia that he will continue to enthusiastically tour Quartetto Gelato in her honor. He will care for and nurture Cynthia’s legacy so that it will continue to grow to the heights that Cynthia dreamed of.
As Quartetto Gelato looks forward, they look back at Cynthia’s impact on this industry with tremendous awe and a special respect. Cynthia was about joy and light and “sweet toughness”. We continue to revel in the wonderful artistry and energy of this amazing woman!