Lauren Cony received her B.A. in Piano from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and her M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers include Sharon Mann, Paul Hersh, Pola Baytelman, and Laurette Goldberg on harpsichord. She teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory and the San Francisco Community Music Center, and maintains a busy private studio. She has a wide range of performing experience, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Lauren is an alumna of the Bowdoin Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and Oberlin in Casalmaggiore, Italy, and has played in master classes given by acclaimed artists Ruth Laredo, James Barbagallo, and Menahem Pressler. In March of 2002, she was the first musician to be sponsored by the Helen von Ammon fund for emerging artists, playing a solo recital on the Noontime Concert Series at St. Patrick’s Church in San Francisco. In June of 2006, she performed Mozart’s Concerto K. 467 at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center with the CMC orchestra, as a winner of the Center’s faculty piano concerto competition.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Lauren has appeared in recitals at numerous Bay Area venues, including the Noontime Series at Old St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s Church, Berkeley’s Hillside Concerts, the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley, as well as on the CMC’s Keyboard Marathons and Shenson Faculty Concert series. She and longtime four-hand partner Jennifer Peringer, founding members of the the Magnolia Piano Duo, have delighted audiences for over two decades with their innovative programming on piano duet recitals at SFCM, CMC, and at Flower Piano in Golden Gate Park, SF. Lauren has also performed with distinguished artists such as soprano Lucine Amara and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. She is trained in the Taubman piano technique.