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Lauren Cony

Continuing Education
  • Piano
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AGC 404

Instruments Taught



MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

BA, Skidmore College


Magnolia Piano Duo (2003-present)

Liberty Piano Trio, (2013-2018)


What is your hometown?

Manhasset, NY

What is your favorite recording? Why?

This is a difficult question, as it's hard to pick just one.  One of my favorite recordings is of Anner Bylsma playing the Bach Cello Suites on the "Servais" cello.  The sound is simply amazing!

What are you passionate about outside of music?

I love to be outside (hiking, biking), and I am a foodie, with a special fondness for dark chocolate!

Who were your major teachers?

Sharon Mann, Paul Hersh, Laurette Goldberg (harpsichord)

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

"Waiting is Not Easy!' (Mo Willems)

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

I think there is no one specific question I wish students would ask. Rather, I strive to create a comfortable environment so that students feel any and ALL questions are appropriate and valid!  (If I had to pick a specific question, it would be about fingering - it is important to understand why a specific fingering is helpful for executing a passage!)

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

When I was a very young child, around age 5, my family stored a piano for someone in our living room. I remember being attracted to it like a magnet, and begging for lessons.  I don't think there was one defining moment I realized I wanted to pursue music as much as an understanding from a young age that there was no other path that attracted me as much as being a pianist.

What was a turning point in your career?

I met Sharon Mann in my late 20s and studied with her for over 5 years. From working with her, I was introduced to the principles of the Taubman technique, which was life-changing!

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

I am fascinated by psychology, and what makes people tick.  It is also incredibly important to understand the mental "inner game of music" when preparing for performances!

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Hard to pick only 3, but 1) J.S. Bach - with no other composer do I feel such a sense of awe and spirituality.  2) Brahms - especially the late, shorter piano works. 3) TBD as this may change from year to year?!!!  Perhaps Schumann, in this moment.

What is your unrealized project?

I told myself years ago that when I reached a certain age, I would tackle the Goldberg Variations.  This of course will require huge amounts of time that I still don't have, but I hope to chip away at it year after year!

Please list your most important collaborations.

One of my most important collaborations is 1) with my fellow pianist and 4-hand partner, Jennifer Peringer. We have been playing together for 20 + years, and have an amazing friendship and musical connection! 2) It was a thrill to play with clarinetist Richard Stolzman.  Just hearing him play long tones gave me chills.  He was wonderful, and a joy to play with!  3) When playing in Cassalmaggiore, Italy as an accompanist, I had the amazing pleasure to work with a talented singer and vocal coach who brought us to the Opera house, to rehearse there and allow me to experience playing on an incredible concert grand Fazioli.  The piano was the most amazing instrument I have ever had the pleasure of playing. It transformed our concept of the song, and we were able to recreate the magic even on an inferior instrument at the performance the next day. It was a transformative experience, and taught me how just powerful intention can be, even when performing on a somewhat limited piano.

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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.  Lauren is an alumna of the Bowdoin Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and Oberlin in Casalmaggiore, Italy.  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.  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 San Francisco JCC, 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 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.

Accepting intermediate and advanced students.