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  • Miranda Cuckson


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    Miranda Cuckson


    Violinist and violist Miranda Cuckson is acclaimed for her performances of a wide range of repertoire, from early eras to the most current creations. Praised for her “undeniable musicality” (New York Times), “command of line and naturalness of expression” (Gramophone) and “seemingly inexhaustible arsenal of technical abilities” (AllMusic Guide), she is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing in major concert halls, as well as at universities, galleries and informal spaces. She performs at such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, the Library of Congress, Miller Theatre, the 92nd Street Y, Guggenheim Museum, Austrian Cultural Forum, Museum of Modern Art, Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, and the Marlboro, Bard, Lincoln Center, Bridgehampton, Music Mountain, Portland and Bodensee festivals. 

    She has made lauded appearances as soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including her Carnegie Hall debut in Walter Piston’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the American Symphony Orchestra. Her first album for ECM Records - sonatas by Bartók, Schnittke and Lutoslawski - was released in 2016, and her recording of Nono’s La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura was named a Best Classical Recording of 2012 by the NY Times. Her eleven albums also feature the Korngold and Ponce violin concertos and solo and duo music by Finney, Shapey, Martino, Sessions, Eckardt, Hersch, Xenakis, Wolpe, Ferneyhough, Carter, Glass, Mumford and Fujikura.

    In addition to working with many emerging composing talents, Ms. Cuckson has collaborated with an array of the most celebrated composers from around the world. She is founder/director of Nunc, member of counter)induction and a guest performer/curator at National Sawdust. She has been one of the most vital musicians on the contemporary music scene of the past fifteen years.

    Ms. Cuckson studied at The Juilliard School, starting at age 9 in the Pre-College and onward for her BM, MM and doctorate degrees. She won the school's Presser and Richard F. French Awards, and the Pre-College concerto competition. She studied with Shirley Givens from ages 9 to 13, with Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka from ages 14 to 21, and with Robert Mann for her graduate degrees. She also worked closely with Felix Galimir for ten years, and with Fred Sherry and the Juilliard String Quartet. She is on the violin faculty at the Mannes School of Music, Prep and College divisions, and has given masterclasses and workshops at numerous conservatories and universities. 

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    Degrees Held

    BM  The Juilliard School

    MM The Juilliard School

    DMA  The Juilliard School


    Future Courses

    Lesson 1 hour
    RAML 0300, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

    Lesson 3/4 hour
    RAML 0325, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

    Past Courses

    Lesson 1 hour
    RAML 0300, Spring 2022

    Lesson 3/4 hour
    RAML 0325, Spring 2022

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