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Theodore Mook

  • Artist/Teacher in Cello
  • Department of Music
  • Phone: 401.874.2431
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  • Mailing Address: Department of Music
    Fine Arts Center
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


Cellist Theodore Mook is a versatile performer, comfortable in avant-garde, classical, historical, and commercial styles. He has been an active proponent of new music, particularly microtonal music since 1980. After almost 30 years in New York City, he now makes his home in rural Rhode Island.

Mook has played new music at the Library of Congress, the American Academy in Rome, the venerable Monday Evening Concerts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is a veteran performer at the Bang on a Can Festival, and has appeared in MusikProtokoll im Steirischen Herbst in Graz, Austria, the International Festival Musique Actuelle in Canada, the New England Bach Festival in Marlboro, Vermont, the Bethlehem Music Festival, the USArts Festival in Berlin, the Synthesis International Festival for Contemporary Music in Skopje, Macedonia, the Tura New Music Festival in Australia, and the Bern Biennale. Recent concert appearances span the globe: Perth, Brisbane, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Porto, Brussels, Oldenburg, and Bremen. His extensive discography spans over 100 works, including a recent release on New World records performing the music of Annea Lockwood and Ezra Sims.

Mook is an enthusiastic performer on period instruments as well, and performed as a continuo cellist with New York’s Musica Sacra, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, the Fairfield Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Long Island Early Music and for many years with the legendary Blanche Moyse at the Marlboro Festival.

Since the mid-1990s, he has developed a parallel career in computer technology, where he has worked in IT, programming for corporate clients, designed fonts for microtonal compositions, developed websites and worked as a music copyist and arranger.

At home in R.I., he teaches at the RI Philharmonic Music School, Bishop Hendricken High School, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with studio teaching in South County and Providence. He helps to convene concerts and string workshops at Narragansett’s historic Towers, with visiting artists Eugene Friesen, Gideon Freudmann, the Berklee World Strings, Schola Cantorum of Boston, the Bohemian Quartet and GUTS! (two baroque celli with harpsichord).

His upcoming work includes a new release on New World Records (cello music of Lois V. Vierk), producing recordings for the composer Eric Moe, a new commission for cello and ambient & electronic sound from the composer Annea Lockwood, performances of pieces by the iconic sound artist Alvin Lucier, the thoughtful Daniel Rothman, and J.S Bach, plus a series of chamber music concerts at Star Island, in the Isle of Shoals.


  • Bachelor of Music in cello performance, magna cum laude,  Boston University School of Music

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