Sycil Mathai


Has played with The Knights since: 2009.

Favorite Knights moment: one summer at the Bandshell in Central Park, near the beginning of the concert, we experienced a downpour of rain. I naturally expected the audience to flee, but instead—seemingly in unison—they opened their umbrellas and sat through every minute of our concert. A testament to the tenacity of a New York City audience, but also to the magic that happened that night on stage in spite of less than ideal playing conditions. 

Sycil Mathai, trumpet, is part of various directions of contemporary and experimental chamber music in New York City. From classical to experimental genres, his work spans to ensembles like Extension Ensemble, The Knights, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Argento New Music, Dave Sanford's big band Pittsburgh Collective, American Composers Orchestra, Ne(x)tworks, artists Carter Burwell, Butch Morris, and the dance companies of Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris Dance Group, Nai-Ni Chen, and movie directors Andy Kaufman, and The Coen Brothers. He has recorded for RCA, PBS, CBS, EA Sports, Summit Brass, Albany Records, New World, and Sirius Satellite Radio.

Sycil is a graduate of Juilliard as a student of Mark Gould, and of Texas Christian University as a student of Steve Weger. Recently, Sycil served as Principal Trumpet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestra for three months, and spent two months in Malaysia as principal trumpet with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.    

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