Beginning her piano study in Hong Kong at the age of four, Cynthia Lawing was recognized as an outstanding concert pianist at an early age. Her performance career has taken her throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia, where she has served as artist in residence and has given master classes and individual lessons. She has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Macau Philharmonic Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, and Western Piedmont Symphony, performing concertos of Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Ravel, Shostakovich, Bach, Grieg, Saint-Saens, Poulenc, and Gershwin. She has been privileged to perform notable private recitals, including a private recital for Madame Chiang Kai-shek.
In addition to her solo work, she has enjoyed a lifelong partnership with her sister, Gloria Cook, as duo pianists. The two have frequently toured together, in the U.S. and in Asia, and have performed many recitals and concertos, most recently with the Bach Aria Orchestra.
She has enjoyed being a chamber performer throughout her career. In addition to her many collaborative performances with William Lawing, trumpet, she is in great demand as a pianist with other performers, and as a member of larger chamber ensembles. She was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Charlotte, the Rhodora Trio, and most recently, is a member of the Bechtler Ensemble.
She has been a dedicated teacher nearly as long as she has been a performer. She is in her fourth decade as an Artist Associate in Piano at Davidson College, NC. While her Davidson students rarely are music majors and even more rarely consider a career in piano performance, they regularly win competitions both at Davidson and beyond, including a biology major who won the NCMTA college division in piano. She takes great pride in the career successes of her Davidson students, where music continues to be their greatest passion while they are pursuing meaningful lives in medicine, law, business, and other non-musical professional vocations. She maintains a private studio and is recognized as a master teacher. Her students have won local, state, regional, and national awards. She has given lectures, lecture-recitals, and master classes, at many colleges and universities, and serves frequently as judge for piano competitions. She is especially in demand as a clinician for the NCMTA’s annual workshops on competition repertoire. Additionally, she serves regularly as a consultant, clinician and lecturer in the discipline of Dalcroze Eurythmics, in which she holds a separate degree. She is also a composer of a large number of works, primarily for piano, for solo instrument and piano, and for choir.
Cynthia Lawing views teaching as a mission to pass on the great insight she has received from generations of great pianists/teachers. She has inherited their interpretation of the great masterworks, their anecdotes about their own teachers and colleagues, and their understanding of the genius of the great pianists and composers. Through passing this torch, she strives to help young minds discover their own hidden treasure of music in themselves.