b. 1961 -
Frank Cox was born in Illinois in 1961 and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Indiana University, a Master of Arts degree in composition from Columbia University, and a PhD. in composition at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Cox has studied with Brian Ferneyhough, Roger Reynolds, Joji Yuasa, Steven Suber, Fred Fox, Harvey Sollberger, Fred Lerdahl, and Jack Beeson. He received an Alice M. Ditson Scholarship and Dissertation Fellowship at Columbia University, Regent's Fellowship and a Dissertation Research Fellowship for Outstanding Research at UCSD, a full scholarship to the 1990 June in Buffalo Festival, and full scholarships for the 1988 and 1992 Darmstadt Festivals. He was awarded a Stipendium Fellowship at the 1990 Darmstadt Festival, won 2nd prize in the Los Angeles Arts Commission competition in the spring of 1991, and was co-winner of the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis (highest award for composition) in the 1992 Darmstadt Festival.
Dr. Cox's solo flute work Chronopolis was recently recorded for CD by Pierre-Yves Artaud and will be published by Rugginenti. He has written solo works for piano, flute, contrabass, clarinet, cello, percussion, voice, a song-cycle, five mixed ensemble works for between 3 and 20 players, two works for brass ensembles, a work for piano and tape, a choral work, and an orchestra piece. His compositions are in the repertoire of Artaud, Irvine Arditti, and Steven Schick.
Dr. Cox has been a performer all of his life, studying piano for sixteen years, and receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University in cello performance. He studied cello with Peter Wiley, Janos Starker, and Gary Hoffman, and has performed in numerous festivals and new music ensembles, including the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, the Group for Contemporary Music, and SONOR, as well as at the 1980 and 1982 Spoleto Festivals, the 1983 Banff Summer Chamber Music Festiva1, the Xenakis Festival and Darmstadt Revisited Festival at UCSD, and at the Darmstadt Festival since 1988, where he received a special citation for cello performance in 1990.
Dr. Cox has frequently conducted his own music, and is currently the director of the Extended Vocal Resources Ensemble, which he organized In 1992. He is currently a Lecturer in Composition, Music Theory, and Cello Performance at UCSD, and a member of the Komponistenforum at the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik.