Nicholas Cook

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Nicholas Cook, FBA (born 5 June 1950 [1] ) is a British musicologist and writer born in Athens, Greece. From 2009 to 2017, he was the 1684 Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge, where he is a Fellow of Darwin College. Previously, he was professorial research fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he directed the Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM). He has also taught at the University of Hong Kong, University of Sydney, and University of Southampton, where he served as dean of arts.


He is a former editor of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001.


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Preceded by
Roger Parker
1684 Professor of Music
University of Cambridge

2009 to 2017
Succeeded by
Katharine Ellis