Miranda Cuckson – violin

In demand as a soloist and chamber musician in a wide range of repertoire, Miranda Cuckson has been lauded by The New York Times as a "superb violinist" and “a brilliant young performer who plays daunting contemporary music with insight, honesty, and temperament." She has made acclaimed appearances as soloist with many orchestras, including her recent debut with the Jerusalem Symphony and her upcoming Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra. Her four CDs on the Centaur Records label - concertos by Korngold and Ponce with the Czech National Symphony, and violin works by Ralph Shapey, Donald Martino and Ross Lee Finney - were all released to great critical praise. She is the recipient of several grants from the Aaron Copland and Ditson Funds.

She made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall as winner of the Juilliard School's Presser Award. She has appeared at such venues as the Library of Congress, Berlin Philharmonie, Zankel Hall, the 92nd St Y, the Phillips Collection, Bargemusic, Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, and the Bard, Marlboro, Lincoln Center, Bridgehampton, Bodensee and Kilkenny festivals. She is greatly interested in all forms of art and enjoys collaborative projects such as her appearances as soloist in Barber’s Violin Concerto with the New York City Ballet, and the Stravinsky Violin Concerto on the Guggenheim Museum’s “Works and Process” series.

A highly active exponent of contemporary classical music, Ms. Cuckson has worked with many of the preeminent composers of our era, including Henri Dutilleux, Elliott Carter, John Adams, Salvatore Sciarrino, Georg Friedrich Haas, Helmut Lachenmann and Mario Davidovsky. She is violinist of several highly regarded new-music groups, including the Argento Ensemble, counter) induction, Sequitur, and the concert series Transit Circle, of which she is the director. She recently curated and performed in a Composers Portrait concert of Shapey's music at Miller Theatre in New York, and was featured at a gala benefit for the American Composers Orchestra.

At the age of nine, she began her studies in Juilliard's Pre-College division. She received her BM, MM and DMA degrees from Juilliard, and graduated with the Richard F. French Prize for best doctoral dissertation. She worked with Robert Mann, Dorothy DeLay, Felix Galimir and Shirley Givens, and studied chamber music with Fred Sherry and the Juilliard String Quartet. She teaches violin at Mannes the New School for Music.