Cynthia grew up in West Texas and began violin lessons at the age of 5 with Dorothy Croft. She studied with Béla Katona at Trinity College of Music, London from 1976-1980.
In 1982, she joined the BBC Concert Orchestra in London and became Associate Leader in 1987. Cynthia was subsequently appointed Leader of the orchestra in 2003. In addition to leading, she appeared frequently as a soloist with the orchestra both in concerts and in TV and Radio broadcasts, including hundreds of live broadcasts of “Friday Night is Music Night” for BBC Radio 2 as well as the BBC’s annual Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall.
As Leader, Cynthia undertook many concert tours to Europe, North America, the Middle East, and the Far East. Particularly memorable was a performance in Beijing in 2013, when Cynthia appeared as soloist in “The Lark Ascending” by Vaughan Williams, in a live TV & Radio broadcast to over one billion people. During her playing career Cynthia has also been guest leader with numerous other orchestras including the Hallé Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra (Dublin) and the National Symphony Orchestra. In addition to broadcasting and concert work Cynthia has been much in demand as a session player, and over the years has performed solos on many well-known TV and Film soundtracks. In 2014, she left the BBC to pursue a career as a teacher, performance coach, independent assessor and adjudicator.
Cynthia is fast developing a reputation for helping post-graduate and more advanced students as well as already established teachers and professional players. She teaches privately at her home in Lincolnshire and also in London where she is currently the Senior Orchestral String Tutor with the RCM Junior Department. Cynthia also offers bespoke intensive courses designed to boost both confidence and performance skills before auditions, exams and recitals.