Douglas J. Cuomo, B.M. '83

Frost School of Music’s 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Douglas J. Cuomo, B.M. ’83 has written extensively for concert and theatrical stages, television and film. His expressive musical language is a natural outgrowth of his eclectic background and training. While in his teens, Cuomo became a professional jazz guitarist, alternating his time in college with years on the road performing with a host of name acts.

Cuomo’s first major success as a composer came with his original music for the Peabody Award-winning NBC drama Homicide: Life on the Street, which he scored for seven seasons. Cuomo is known for creating some of the most distinctive theme music on television today including Sex & The City, for which he won three BMI Television Music Awards, Now with Bill Moyers, and Wide Angle. His numerous credits also include series, movies, and documentaries for CBS, NBC, ABC, HBO, and VH1, as well as film scores for Revolution #9, The Terrorist, and Crazy Love.

Cuomo has received numerous grants and awards including: OPERA America Opera Fund Grant; two National Endowment of the Arts awards for Artistic Excellence in the Creation and Development of New Work; two NYSCA commissioning grants; American Music Center’s Composer Assistance grant; NYSCA recording grant; Argosy Foundation Grant; Mary Flagler Carey Charitable Trust for development, and others.  He continues to perform as a guitarist, playing jazz interpretations of his film and television work, and lectures widely at various educational institutions. Cuomo’s compositions are published by Schott Music.


For more information about Douglas, visit www.douglasjcuomo.com


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