A native of Banner Elk, North Carolina, violinist Cynthia Burton joined the Louisville Orchestra in January 2020. She was previously a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent years, Cynthia has spent her summers performing with the Britt Festival Orchestra and Charlottesville Opera. She is an alumna of New World Symphony, where she appeared in a wide variety of principal and small ensemble roles, and participated as a coach in New World's exchange program at the Academia Filarmonica de Medellin in Colombia.
Cynthia has performed in the United States and Europe with ensembles including the North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and the Britten Pears Orchestra. After earning a Masters of Music from San Francisco Conservatory, she freelanced in the Bay Area, performing with the California Symphony, Marin Symphony, and One Found Sound, a conductorless, musician-run chamber orchestra. She also taught in the Community Programs Division of the Crowden School in Berkeley. Cynthia received a Bachelors of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as part of the inaugural class of Kenan Music Scholars. Outside of the concert hall, she is most at home on a hiking trail.