69. Cynthia Shaw, piano

Sunday, July 30th, 2023 @ 7pm | Velvet Determination

Support the Salon Concerts series!
Donate Now! (tax deductible!)
This concert is brought to you by:
On-site recording and livestreaming for classical music

Experts in restoration and sales of New York, Hamburg Steinways and other fine European instruments.


Sunday Evenings at Klavierhaus
Joe Patrych, artistic director



Velvet Determination

Cynthia Shaw, piano

Sunday, July 30th, 2023 @ 7pm

Live at Klavierhaus
790 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Livestream: YouTube


In this autobiographical solo show with classical piano playing, Cynthia tells how sheenjoyed her cheerful Colorado childhood of playing the piano and making music. All it took was picking up a random New Yorker magazine in her pediatrician’s office toawaken her artistic soul leading her to New York City and its esteemed Manhattan School of Music.

This journey proves to be a bit more difficult than she innocently expected when she realizes New York City is very different from her tiny Colorado hometown. As the student who struggles with shaky memorization, insufficient technique and the fear that no one truly wants to listen to her, she ultimately masters determination and resilience and overcomes the obstacles that confront this naive, wide-eyed young classical pianist who tackles the Big Apple!

Cynthia relates the youthful determination of her younger self as she confronts her own personal demons while meeting idiosyncratic characters who either inspired, helped or hindered her journey. She thrills her audience with musical impersonations of world - famous classical pianists as she remembers hearing them at the legendary Carnegie Hall, and she beautifully demonstrates her formidable piano technique and musical sensitivity as she performs the live classical piano music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and Debussy.


Cynthia Shaw has been involved in the NY music scene for many years.  She has a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Denver and a M.M. in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

She has musical directed over 30 musicals off-Broadway as well as in regional theaters in New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania.  She has played for off-Broadway auditions and worked at Stagedoor Manor as a musical director.

As part of the production team of New York Christmas Revels for fifteen years, she musical directed productions of Scandinavian, Irish, Russian, Eastern European, American South and Victorian Revels (to name a few) at Symphony Space. She also appeared on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion at New York City's Town Hall and on National Public Radio.

Cynthia has played for many voice lessons and accompanied vocal and choral recitals.  She had the honor of being part of the Blossom Music Festival at Kent State.

She is a regular English country and contra dance pianist at CD*NY, LITMA and in New Jersey and was on staff at Pinewoods Early Music and American Weeks teaching singing, instrumental ensemble and theatre.   

She has played for synagogue services, choir rehearsals, high holy day services and concerts at Town & Village Synagogue, New York's Temple Israel, Park Avenue Synagogue and Sha'arey Shalom in Springfield, NJ. She was a concert accompanist for The New Jersey Cantor's Ensemble for over 15 years.