Works performed by Earplay:

Axis Mundi
Lift-up-over sounding
Two Studies from Hierosgamos: Seven Studies in Harmony and Resonance

Transparent yet complex, both radical and traditional, the music of Cindy Cox synthesizes old and new musical designs through linked strands of association, timbral fluctuation, and cyclic temporal processes. The natural world, ecological processes, and the concept of emergence inspire many of the special harmonies and textural colorations in her compositions.

Cox is active as a pianist and has performed many of her own works. Her pieces with text, such as Singing the lines, The Other Side of the World, and Hysteria, evolved through collaboration with her husband, poet John Campion. Many pieces also feature technology developed at UC Berkeley's Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), such as Pianos, written for keyboard sampler/piano, large ensemble and live electronics, recently premiered by Gloria Cheng and the Eco Ensemble.

She has received awards and commissions from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fromm Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and the Gemeinschaft der Kunstlerinnen und Kunstfreunde International Competition for Women Composers. She has been a Fellow at the Tanglewood and Aspen Festivals, the MacDowell Colony, and the Civitella Ranieri and William Walton Foundations in Italy.

Recent performances have taken place at Roulette in New York City, the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai, the Venice Biennale, the Festival de la Habana in Cuba, the Center for New Music in San Francisco, the American Academy in Rome, Carnegie and Merkin Halls in New York, the National Gallery in Washington, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the Biblioteca National in Buenos Aires, and on the Los Angeles Philharmonic series. There are three portrait CDs of Cox's chamber music, and her scores are published through World a Tuning Fork Press ( A recording of Cox's string quartets by the Alexander Quartet was recently released on the Naxos label.

Cox studied composition with Harvey Sollberger, Donald Erb, Eugene O'Brien, and John Eaton at Indiana University, with additional studies at Tanglewood with John Harbison, and at Aspen with Bernard Rands and Jacob Druckman. As a pianist she studied with the famed Mozart and Schubert specialist Lili Kraus. Cindy Cox is presently a Professor and Chair of the Music Department at the University of California at Berkeley.

[from program for May 15, 2017 concert]