Nicholas Cook


Contemporary Music

10th edition | 9th edition

Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom).


Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge. He was formerly a Professorial Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he headed the AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM).

His book The Schenker Project: Culture, Race, and Music Theory in Fin-de-siècle Vienna (Oxford University Press, 2007) received the Wallace Berry Award of the Society for Music Theory. Cook’s current work focuses on social and intercultural perspectives on music, musical creativity and digital multimedia. In 2014 he took up a British Academy Wolfson Research Professorship to work on a three-year project about relational musicology.

A former editor of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Cook was Chair of the Music Panel in the Higher Education Funding Councils’ 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. Among other distinctions, he holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Chicago and is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academia Europaea.