Violinist and violist Miranda Cuckson delights listeners in the US and internationally with her versatile and expressive playing of a large range of music, from the newest creations to older pieces. She has in recent years become one of the most acclaimed and dedicated champions of contemporary music, moving new music more into the center of classical music life. She is passionate about the creative role of the performer/interpreter in the artistic process and in communicating the music. She performs as soloist and chamber musician at concert halls and festivals, schools and universities, galleries and informal spaces. Downbeat magazine recently stated “violinist Miranda Cuckson reaffirms her standing as one of the most sensitive and electric interpreters of new music.”
Her recording of Luigi Nono’s “La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura” for violin and electronics with Christopher Burns (Urlicht AV) was named one of the best albums of 2012 by the New York Times. She recently premiered a violin concerto written for her by Georg Friedrich Haas at the Suntory Festival with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart, and the Orchestra of Casa da Musica in Porto.
- “undeniable musicality…she plays with such beauty and assurance ” (Allan Kozinn, New York Times)
- “Ms. Cuckson brought out the work’s singing quality, a soulfulness as deep as anything in Janacek. Her tonal luster and variety of touch enliven everything she plays.” (Zachary Woolfe, New York Times)
- “What’s most impressive about Cuckson is the warmth and humanity she brings to the music” (Cultured Cleveland)
- “breath-catching commitment” (Musical America)
- “a solo revelation” (Concerto.net)
Born in Boston and raised behind the “Redwood Curtain” of northern California, pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough has developed a variegated career as soloist, vocal and instrumental collaborator, composer, recording artist, and pedagogue. Ryan’s music-making encompasses work with historical keyboards, electroacoustic tools and instruments, and close collaborations with some of today’s foremost composers. His longstanding collaborative (and life) partnership with soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon has yielded a substantial crop of new art song repertoire, as well as his work in contemporary ensemble HereNowHear, a commissioning project with pianist Andrew Zhou which was 2017 recipient of a Fromm Foundation commissioning award.
Ryan’s growing discography features many world premiere recordings, including solo piano works of Milosz Magin (Acte Prealable), Andrew McPherson (Secrets of Antikythera, Innova), John Liberatore (Line Drawings, Albany), Nicholas Vines (Hipster Zombies from Mars, Navona), art song and solo piano music of John Harbison and James Primosch with Ms. Fitz Gibbon (Descent/Return, Albany), and forthcoming albums of art song by Sheila Silver (Albany, also with Ms. Fitz Gibbon) and electroacoustic music by Christopher Stark (New Focus).
Ryan has been featured as concerto soloist with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony, and has appeared at major festivals and concert halls around the world. He holds degrees in music from Humboldt State University, the Colburn Conservatory, the University of Southern California, the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and Cornell University. He currently lives in Kingston, NY, and is a collaborative piano fellow in the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
For additional information and curios, visit www.RyanMMcCullough.com.
For The Stissing Center
J Henry Fair, visual artist
J Henry Fair is an American photographer, environmental activist, and co-founder of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, he currently lives and works in New York City.
With his photos, Fair has called attention to environmental and political problems in different regions of the world. Fair has had touring photography exhibits in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, he travels around the world, giving environmental symposia to teach audiences about consumer responsibility and environmental awareness. Fair’s work has been published in The New York Times and magazines National Geographic, Vanity Fair, TIME, and New York and featured on European Television networks like Arte, and TTT, and American programs like Today and Marketplace, television and radio, respectively.
Fair’s second book, “Industrial Scars: The Hidden Costs of Consumption” published by Papadakis, brings our attentions to the tragic effects created by human impact on our planet. At first, his photographs are mesmerizingly beautiful: taken at bird’s eye perspective from a small plane, their shapes, colors and details give them an aesthetic quality that entrance and capture the imagination, yet concern and horror creep in on the realization of the true reality of the subject.
Ryan McCullough, audio engineer
Windowpane Audio, founded in 2015 by pianist and composer Ryan McCullough, is a Kingston-based audio engineering firm specializing in Classical music and field/location recording, mixing and mastering, and audio equipment modifications for discerning ears.
WPA has recorded for Albany and PARMA labels, and will be making inaugural releases in 2020 through its own in-house label, “False Azure,” featuring piano music by American composer Dante De Silva.
McCullough trained as a pianist at the Colburn Conservatory and Glenn Gould School with renowned pedagogue John Perry, and holds additional degrees in music from Humboldt State University, the University of Southern California, and Cornell University.
Mr. McCullough most recently appeared with his wife, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, LIVE! from The Stissing Center! concert, Out of Silence.
Shuhui (Sophia) Zhou, curator
As a classical pianist, Sophia Zhou has been performing as a soloist and chamber musician internationally in the USA, Europe and China. She is the winner of the V BPA International Piano Award of Barcelona, engaged for 5 solo recitals across Spain. During the past years, her recital partners include members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera House, to name a few.
Ms. Zhou holds a Master of Music degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music in New York City; Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) and Bachelor of Arts (German Literature) from Oberlin College. She continued her piano studies with Jan Jiracek von Arnim in University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna as well as musicology with Dr. Morten Solvic, Mahler scholar. From 2018 to 2020, Ms. Zhou was a member of the Graduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship Program in Bard College Conservatory, working with graduate singers under the tutelage of vocalists Dawn Upshaw and Stephanie Blythe.
In 2020, Ms. Zhou was named Curator and Music Director for LIVE! from The Stissing Center. She is committed to bringing in artists of unique vision and presenting concerts that enrich the lives of the local, as well as the global artistic community.
Piano ~ Vincitore’s Pianos, Poughkeepsie
The Stissing Center would like to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors for
LIVE! from The Stissing Center!
Belinda and Stephen Kaye
Irene and Jack Banning
Sally and Stephen Clement
Kathleen and Gonzalo De las Heras
Diana Niles King
Martha and Michael Nesbitt
Jennifer and Erik Oken
Jane and David Parshall
D. Miles Price
Claire and John Reid
Sarah and David Stack
Helen and Peter Warwick