Violinist Miranda Cuckson delights listeners internationally as soloist and collaborator in a wide range of music, from older eras to the most current creations. She has in recent years become one of the most acclaimed and passionately committed performers of contemporary music, playing innumerable concerts and premieres of new works and moving new creations more into the center of musical life.
Venues and festivals have included the Berlin Philharmonie, Suntory Hall, Casa da Musica Porto, Teatro Colón, Guggenheim and Cleveland Museums, Art Institute of Chicago, Strathmore, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series, and the Bard, Marlboro, Portland, Music Mountain, West Cork (Ireland), SinusTon (Germany), and LeGuessWho and Soundsofmusic (Netherlands) festivals. Miranda made her Carnegie Hall debut playing Piston’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the American Symphony Orchestra, and recently premiered new violin concertos written for her by Georg Friedrich Haas in Tokyo, Stuttgart and Porto, and by Marcela Rodriguez in Mexico City. Her recent and upcoming solo performances include Wien Modern, Time Spans, the 2021 Ojai Festival with John Adams, and the 2022 Grafenegg Festival playing the Haas Concerto. She is a member of the interdisciplinary collective AMOC, which was named artistic director for the Ojai Festival in 2022.
In addition to working with many of today’s emerging artists, Miranda has worked with celebrated composers including Dutilleux, Carter, Adès, Sciarrino, Boulez, Crumb, Saariaho, Mackey, Davidovsky, Ran, Rzewski, Currier, Iyer, and Murail. Composers who have written pieces for her include Jason Eckardt, Reiko Füting, Michael Hersch, George Lewis, Wang Lu, Katharina Rosenberger, Jeffrey Mumford, Aida Shirazi, Steve Lehman, and Harold Meltzer (Library of Congress commission).
Her acclaimed discography includes the Korngold and Ponce violin concertos; albums of music of American composers Finney, Shapey, Martino, Sessions, Carter, Glass, Hersch, Mumford, and Weesner; her ECM Records album of Bartók, Schnittke and Lutoslawski; Melting the Darkness, an album of microtonal and electronics pieces by Xenakis, Bianchi, Rowe and more; and her recording of Luigi Nono’s La lontananza nostalgica utopica futurafor violin and electronics (Urlicht AV), which was named a Best Recording of 2012 by the New York Times.
Miranda teaches at the Mannes School of Music at New School University in New York. She studied at The Juilliard School, from Pre-College through her doctorate, and won Juilliard’s Presser Award.
"Her tonal luster and variety of touch enliven everything she plays."
"...she had clear feelings about the music and crafted her phrasing to convey that meaning."
"...Ms. Cuckson is synonymous with the music of today."
- Miranda Cuckson performing the World Premiere of Reiko Feuting's 'Passage: Time (Copy)'
- Miranda Cuckson and Michael Hersch perform Hersch at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY September 18, 2018
- Miranda Cuckson | Katharina Rosenberger | ‘Folds’ for Solo Violin & Electronics
- Excerpts from a September 18, 2018 recital of Miranda Cuckson and Michael Hersch playing Hersch at National Sawdust in New York City.
- Composer Reiko Feuting – ‘Passage: Time (copy)’ for Solo Violin [WORLD PREMIER]
- Violinist Miranda Cuckson joins Colbert Artists