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Miranda Cuckson

violin, viola

Miranda Cuckson delights audiences with her expressive playing of a large range of music, from the newest creations to the music of older eras. She has in recent years been deeply and widely involved in contemporary music. Active internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, this season she performs in the Netherlands, Los Angeles, Zürich, Miami, Houston, Washington D.C., New York, among others.

Cuckson made her Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) debut playing the Piston concerto with the American Symphony Orchestra. This past year she premiered new concertos written for her by Georg Friedrich Haas in Tokyo, Stuttgart, and Porto, and by Marcela Rodriguez in Mexico City. She also gave the New York premiere of Michael Hersch’s violin concerto. Recent recitals include the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, Strathmore, and Art Institute of Chicago. Other venues range from the Berlin Philharmonie and Teatro Colón to the Guggenheim and Cleveland Museums, and the Marlboro, Bard, West Cork, Portland, and Sinus Ton festivals.

In addition to working with many emerging young artists, Cuckson has collaborated with many of today’s most vibrant composers. Among those who have recently written for her are Jason Eckardt, George Lewis, Wang Lu, and Steve Lehman. In 2012, the Library of Congress commissioned Harold Meltzer to write a work for her. She has released ten lauded albums including Bartók, Schnittke, and Lutoslawski on ECM Records and Nono’s “La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura” on Urlicht, named one of “The Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012” by The New York Times. Cuckson is director of Nunc, a member of American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) and counter)induction, and an artistic advisor at National Sawdust. She studied at The Juilliard School, where she received her doctorate and won the Presser Award, and teaches at the Mannes School of Music.