Adjunct Associate Professor, Cello
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and semi-finalist at the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition, Lawrence Figg began his professional career in Paris, France where he was a member of various chamber music ensembles including the Ensemble Intercontemporain (under the direction of Pierre Boulez), the Stajic Chamber Orchestra, the Chartres String Quartet, the Ensemble des Deux Mondes, as well as recording for French radio and television. In 1990 he moved to Bordeaux, France where he was a member of the Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine and then principal cello of the same organization until 1999 when he joined the cello section of the Kansas City Symphony. In addition to his work with the Kansas City Symphony, Lawrence is an active soloist and chamber musician with the Heartland Chamber Music Festival, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Kinnor Philharmonic, and newEar Ensemble. Lawrence Figg is also a founding member of the Kansas City Cello Quartet as well as the Summit Duo (a violin-cello ensemble with his wife Anne-Marie Brown).
The KC Metropolis has described his playing as "beautifully lyric with great emotion." The Kansas City Star, notes, "...stunning performance...buoyant energy."
Figg says, "My goal is to empower students with the knowledge of cello technique and mechanics and to inspire the pursuit of rich cello tone with the goal of endowing them with the tools they need to achieve greater creativity and success in their musical lives."