Violinist/violist Miranda Cuckson is a favorite of audiences for her expressive playing of a wide range of music, from the newest creations to music of older eras. In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, she is deeply and widely involved in contemporary music and is passionate about the creative role of the performer in the artistic process and communicating the music.
Her recording of Nono’s “La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura” for violin and electronics with Christopher Burns (Urlicht AV) was named a Best Recording of 2012 by the New York Times. In 2018-19, she premiered the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Georg Friedrich Haas (written for her) with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Staatsorchester Stuttgart and Orchestra of Casa da Música in Porto. She also gave the New York premiere of the Violin Concerto by Michael Hersch.
Miranda performs as soloist with orchestras internationally, including her Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) debut in Piston’s concerto with the American Symphony Orchestra and performances with the Alabama, Virginia, and Jerusalem Symphony’s. She appears in concert halls, schools, universities, and informal spaces. Venues include the Berlin Philharmonie, Teatro Colón, Library of Congress, Guggenheim Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Strathmore, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music, and the Marlboro, Bard, Lincoln Center, West Cork, Portland, Music Mountain and Bodensee festivals.
In addition to her engagement with older repertoire, Miranda plays a large variety of contemporary music. Among pieces written for her are works by Haas, Hersch, Jason Eckardt, George Lewis, Lu Wang, Steve Lehman, Harold Meltzer (Library of Congress), Ileana Perez Velasquez and Douglas Boyce. She recently collaborated in performance with composers Huang Ruo, Michael Hersch, Vijay Iyer, Nina Young, and Philip Glass. She frequently works with emerging young composers and with celebrated composers including Dutilleux, Carter, Adès, Sciarrino, Boulez, Hyla, Mackey, Crumb, Lachenmann, Saariaho, Davidovsky, Ran, Bermel, Wyner, Wuorinen, Currier, and Rzewski. A champion of Ralph Shapey’s music, she curated and played in concerts of his works at Miller Theatre and the Contempo series at University of Chicago.
She has released ten lauded albums. Her 2017 album of Wolpe, Carter and Ferneyhough was praised by Brian Ferneyhough. In 2016, ECM Records released her album of Bartók, Schnittke and Lutoslawski with pianist Blair McMillen. Her first album comprised the Korngold and Ponce concertos with the Czech National Symphony, on Centaur Records. She subsequently was awarded Copland grants to record music by Finney, Shapey and Martino. Her other albums include “the wreckage of flowers”: music by Michael Hersch; “Melting the Darkness”: microtonal and electronics pieces by Xenakis, Haas, Bianchi, Rowe and more; and Sessions/Carter/Eckardt, with Blair McMillen. Her playing is featured on many composers’ albums, including Reiko Füting, Harold Meltzer, Jeffrey Mumford, Anna Weesner, Dai Fujikura and Philip Glass.
She is founder/director of non-profit Nunc, a member of counter)induction, and an original curator at National Sawdust. She is part of artist collective AMOC, founded by Matthew Aucoin and Zack Winokur. In 2019 she was presented by the multimedia Ferus Festival with composer Katharina Rosenberger and projection designer John Burnett. She was the founding violinist of the Argento Chamber Ensemble, ACME and Momenta Quartet.
Miranda studied at Juilliard, where she received her doctorate and won the Presser Award. She teaches at Mannes/New School University.
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