Artist-in-Residence Program

Throughout each academic year, the Institute offers lectures and special events that are open to the public, as well as the Edward T. Cone Concert Series and talks organized by the Institute’s Artist-in-Residence. The Artist-in-Residence Program was established in 1994 to create a musical presence within the Institute community, and to have in residence a person whose work could be experienced and appreciated by scholars from all disciplines. Artists-in-Residence have included Robert Taub, Jon Magnussen, Paul Moravec, Derek Bermel, Sebastian Currier, and David Lang.

The Artist-in-Residence program at the Institute for Advanced Study was established in 1994 to create a musical presence within the Institute community. In 2007, the concert series was named in honor of the late Edward T. Cone, a distinguished composer, musical scholar, and Princeton University Professor who had longstanding ties to the Institute. 

Program History

The Artist-in-Residence program was established at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1994 to create a musical presence within the Institute community and to have in residence a person whose work could be experienced and appreciated by scholars from all disciplines. Pianist Robert Taub was the first Artist-in-Residence from 1994 to 2001, followed by composer Jon Magnussen, who served as Artist-in-Residence from 2000 to 2007. Paul Moravec served as Artist-in-Residence from 2007 to 2008 and Artistic Consultant from 2008 to 2009. Derek Bermel, a composer, clarinetist, conductor and jazz and rock musician, served as Artist-in-Residence from 2009 to June 2013. Following Bermel, composer Sebastian Currier served as the Artist-in-Residence from 2013 to June 2016. His complex and imaginative works have been performed by such eminent artists and ensembles as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berlin Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet and the New York Philharmonic. A recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, Currier has received numerous honors including the Berlin Prize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

David Lang, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, became Artist-in-Residence in July 2016. His works have been performed worldwide by distinguished artists and ensembles, including the BBC Symphony, the International Contemporary Ensemble, eighth blackbird, Santa Fe Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Boston Symphony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Kronos Quartet. A recipient of the prestigious Grammy Award, Lang has received numerous honors, including Musical America’s Composer of the Year, Carnegie Hall’s 2013­–14 Debs Composer’s Chair, the Rome Prize, the BMW Music-Theater Prize (Munich), and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Lang is a Professor of Music Composition at the Yale School of Music and is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York's legendary music festival Bang on a Can.  

Concert Tickets

Tickets are required for the concerts and will be available approximately 3 weeks before each concert.

Concert Venue

Constructed between 1991 and 1993, the Institute for Advanced Study’s 220-seat Wolfensohn Hall was built to serve as both lecture and concert hall. As the first new construction since 1969, the auditorium was named for James and Elaine Wolfensohn. Mr. Wolfensohn, former President of the World Bank, is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees at the Institute. The hall has been called “an instrument for sound,” (U.S. 1, April 13, 1994) as its physical appearance suggests: the curving side wall panels, articulated by horizontal stripes of red fabric covering, are made of wood. To attain acoustical excellence, the project’s designer, Jeff Paine, worked closely with the Boston-based acoustical design firm, Acentech. The design features open trusses overhead, with nothing to stop the resonance of sound. The only structures which absorb sound are in the rear wall, inhibiting sound from bouncing back toward the stage. That Wolfensohn Hall turned out to be a fine concert hall is no accident: Mr. Wolfensohn is an amateur cellist and an old friend of violinist Isaac Stern. (Stern surprised the Institute community by playing the inaugural concert for Wolfensohn Hall in April 1993, and sharing the program with Wolfensohn’s daughter, Sara, an accomplished pianist.) Wolfensohn Hall’s architect, Caesar Pelli and Associates, is known for the Carnegie Hall tower and one of the Museum of Modern Art expansions and renovations, as well as Princeton University’s DeNunzio aquatic building. The designer, Jeff Paine, has served as project manager for some of the firm’s most high-profile creations – including Manhattan’s four-tower World Financial Center and the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.

Support the Artist-in-Residence Program

The Institute is pleased to make concerts and related talks featuring well-known performers and others from the music world freely available to the community, and we are delighted with the large crowds that regularly attend the performances. IAS is committed to providing our concerts free of charge, and we invite you to help us sustain that commitment by making a contribution to support the Edward T. Cone Concert Series. Your gift, along with the gifts of others who have enjoyed these concerts, will help us to continue to develop and offer outstanding musical programs. Make an online donation or contact Kathleen Eastman for further assistance.


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