Faculty A-Z

  • Robert Cuckson

    Associate Professor of Techniques of Music

    Office Location:

    Mannes College


    Robert Cuckson was born in 1942 in the U.K., and grew up in Australia. His principal compositions include three chamber operas and several orchestral works, including the Variations for Orchestra, and several tone-poems and concerti. His Piano Trio received a number of performances by the Mannes Trio, including performances for the Philadelphia Chamber Society and at the Salt Bay Festival in Maine. In 2009, he was composer in residence at the Marlboro Festival in Vermont. His song cycle on Yiddish texts, “Der gayst funem shturem,” was performed on the Marlboro Tour in 2010, including performances in Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York, and its recording was released on a “Live from the Marlboro Music Festival” CD.

    He teaches at the Mannes School of Music in New York City, where he is currently chair of the Techniques of Music Department and a member of the composition faculty, and at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 2015, he was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award by the New School.