Meet the Artists: Gloria Cook and Cynthia Lawing
The duo piano sister team of Lawing and Cook will be chatting with the audience and performing works by Rachmaninoff, Poulenc, and Milhaud. These composers were mentors of Vitya Vronsky Babin, the sisters’ teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Music.Get Tickets
Gloria Cook | piano
Gloria Cook, piano
Gloria Cook holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is a winner of many competitions, including the Cleveland Institute Concerto Competition, the Springfield Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs State Competition. As a soloist, she has performed with the Springfield Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, and the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. She was also a chamber music player at the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Charleston Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Dr. Cook studied under William Kurzban, Eunice Podis, Vitya Vronsky Babin, and Grant Johannesen.
Dr. Cook and her sister, Cynthia Lawing of Davidson College, are well-known duo-piano artists. They have won many duo-piano competitions in Hong Kong and have given numerous concerto performances and recitals in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau, as well as in the US. As Associated Colleges of the South duo-piano artists, they have performed at many colleges, such as Birmingham Southern College, Southwestern University, Wittenberg University, Ohio University at Athens, and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Dr. Cook is a Professor of Piano at Rollins College. In addition to teaching applied piano at Rollins, she also teaches courses in piano pedagogy, piano accompanying, keyboard harmony, and piano literature. Dr. Cook was recently awarded the prestigious Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award for 2014–15 at Rollins College. She is frequently asked to judge various state and regional competitions in Florida.
Cynthia Lawing | piano
Cynthia Lawing, piano
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. She is also a frequent soloist with orchestras throughout Asia and the Carolinas.
Aside from her solo performances, Lawing performs globally with her husband Dr. William Lawing, trumpeter, Milner Professor of Music at Davidson College. They most recently performed as guest artists in Crete, Southwest China, Taiwan, and Chile, with an upcoming performance in Zurich this summer.
A member of the Bechtler Ensemble, Lawing frequently performs programs of art and music presented in museums.
Lawing frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator, and serves on the board of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association.
The Lawing-Cook duo-piano is a popular duo with audiences throughout the Carolinas and Florida.
The Poulenc piano concerto, featured in this evening’s program, was performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Macao Symphony when the duo were graduate students at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western University.