Cliff Eisen

Cliff Eisen (born 21 January 1952 in Toronto)[1] is a Canadian musicologist and a Mozart expert.[2] He has been based, since 1997, in the Department of Music at King's College London.[3] He studied at the University of Toronto and at Cornell University,[3] and has taught at the University of Western Ontario and New York University.[2]

Eisen received the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society in 1992. His research focuses on the Classical period, particularly Mozart and performance practice. He has written extensively on the issues of authenticity surrounding the works of Leopold Mozart and his son, Wolfgang. Other publications of his deal with Mozart's chamber music, life in Salzburg, biography and his life in contemporary documentation as well as Cole Porter.[1]

Eisen has been an adviser to Robert Levin and Christopher Hogwood for recordings of the complete Mozart piano concertos.[1]

Four female students complained to New York University's Sexual Harassment Committee about "inappropriate sexual advances" from Professor Eisen.[4] In 1997, Senior District Judge Whitmann Knapp found that Eisen had sexually harassed Jennifer Miles, a transgender student, at NYU in 1993.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Cliff Eisen". The Historica-Dominion Institute. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Gladwell, Malcolm (February 4, 1991). "Mozart's Fine Feathered Inspiration". The Washington Post. p. a.03.
  3. ^ a b "Cliff Eisen". King's College London. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Miles v. New York University, 979 F. Supp. 248 (S.D.N.Y. 1997". United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  5. ^ "School Cleared in Transexual Suit". AP News. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  6. ^ Alison Schneider (24 April 1998). "Transsexual Student Loses Sex-Harassment Claim Against New York U." The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved August 21, 2020. (registration required)