Rob Haskins is an associate professor of music at the University of New Hampshire, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music history. He holds a D.M.A. in harpsichord and Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music. His research concerns American music in the second half of the twentieth century, especially the music of John Cage. In 2012, he will present papers on Cage (including performances of his work) in Germany, Canada, and the US. His most recent book is John Cage (London: Reaktion Books, 2012). He is working on two book-length projects: a volume of essays on the performance practice of John Cage and a study of Cage’s exploration of Zen Buddhism and its importance for his compositions, analysis, and performance.
In addition to his work as a musicologist, Haskins performs as a text works performer, pianist, and harpsichordist. He has recorded for Mode Records and served as musical director for Alarm Will Sound’s 2012 new production of John Cage’s Song Books at the Holland Festival Abrons and River to River Festivals (New York). A new recording of Marc Chan's My Wounded Head 3, a solo piano piece dedicated to him, will be released on Mode in 2013. Between 1985 and 1993, he was active as a composer/performer and appeared principally as a member of the synthesizer ensemble Industrial Arts (which he co-founded with composers Scott Pender and Thom Robinson). His works often incorporate theater, and were premiered at Baltimore's Theatre Project, Loyola University, Goucher College, and other venues. His music is licensed by BMI.