Cynthia Turner – A Tribute
The MPO joins the musical community as it mourns the demise of Cynthia Turner.
A renowned pianist, she pursued her studies in Germany and Italy and subsequently with eminent composer-pianist Francis Poulenc. Turner’s artistic engagements included performances in London, Luxembourg, Munich and Bayreuth together with broadcasts for international radio stations.
Always committed to her native country, she was a crowd favourite in Malta, presenting numerous recitals and joining the MPO for concerto performances. A particular highlight was a concert during the State Visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1967.
MPO Resident Conductor Michael Laus shares his thoughts on Turner’s towering figure among aficionados and artists alike:
“Cynthia was my main piano teacher during my early years, before my studies at the Milan Conservatoire. She was always extremely generous with her time and equally generous in sharing her extensive knowledge of piano technique and repertoire – we would spend long hours going through pieces and discussing technique and interpretation. Her love and dedication to the instrument were inspirational.”
Turner served as board member of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and was made member of the National Order of Merit (MOM).
The MPO extends its condolences to her family and friends.