Cynthia Lawing, nee Fok Ming Chu, is a native of Hong Kong. Her teachers include pianists Robert Wynne, William Kurzban, duo pianist Vitya Vronsky Babin, harpsichordist and organist Judy Faber. She also studied composition with Jan Bender and Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Elsa Findlay. Cynthia Lawing’s musical career has taken her throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia where she frequently presents solo recitals, lectures and Master Classes.
In recent years Lawing has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orquestra de Macau, the Charlotte Symphony, the Wittenberg University Symphony, Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony, the Piedmont Concert Band, Western Piedmont Symphony and the Salisbury Symphony, featuring concertos of Beethoven, Mozart, Ravel, Shostakovitch, Bach, Grieg, Saint-Saens, Poulenc, Chopin, and Gershwin.
She has been privileged to perform notable private recitals, including an Inauguration concert for Vasco Leotte de Almeida Costa, Royal Governor of Macau, and a private recital for Madame Chiang Kai-shek. She has recently performed a concert tour of Chile, highlighted by performances with William Lawing at the Instituto Cultural de Providencia, Santiago, Chile.
In addition to her work as a solo recitalist and chamber musician, she is also a member of duo-piano team with Gloria Cook and piano and trumpet duo with William Lawing. The duo-piano team perform recitals, concertos and conduct master classes both here and abroad, and have performed several world-premier works.
Lawing frequently serves as clinician, adjudicator, and serves on the board of North Carolina Music Teachers Association. Additionally, she serves as organist and choir director and has written many works for choir.