MEET THE JOURNALISTS's international network of critics and reporters is among the mostly widely regarded in the performing arts world. Regular correspondents include:
Apthorp_Shirley Shirley Apthorp (Europe) was born in South Africa and grew up in Australia. She studied music at the University of Tasmania and began writing on music for the national press as an undergraduate. Since 1996 she has lived in Berlin, writing for the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Opera Magazine, The New York Times, the BBC and others. In 2010, she founded Umculo, an international organization dedicated to social change through music in South Africa.
Nicholas Beard is a longtime contributor to Musical America and a former free-lance critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Anthony Brown is a classical guitarist based in London who writes frequently on the arts.
Cadenhead_Frank Frank Cadenhead(France) covers music for the American Record Guide and has written articles for since 1999.
Clarke_Keith Keith Clarke (United Kingdom) has been UK correspondent for Musical America since 1999. He has served as managing editor of Rhinegold Publishing and editor of Music & Musicians magazine and written articles for the Times, Independent, Observer, and BBC Television, among others. He received the Classic FM Red Award “for outstanding contribution to classical music” and is an enthusiastic piano accompanist with truly appalling sight-reading skills.
Cohn_Fred Fred Cohn (New York) is the editor of Opera America magazine, and is a longtime contributor to Opera News and Chamber Music.
Wynne_Delacoma Wynne Delacoma (Chicago) is the former classical music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. As a free-lance, she has worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ravinia Festival, the Sun-Times, Musical America, and Chicago Classical Review.
Robert Edgerton (New York and London) covers classical music for a number of international outlets, including Musical America and BBC Music.
Elliott_Susan (2) Susan Elliott (New York) has been the editor of since its inception in 1999. The former communications director for the Olympic Arts Festival in Atlanta, she has written about theater, dance, and music for numerous publications and is former classical music critic for The New York Post.
Fleming_John John Fleming (Florida) writes for Classical Voice North America, Opera News, and other publications. For 22 years, he covered the Florida music scene as performing arts critic of the Tampa Bay Times.
Ginell_Richard Richard S. Ginell (Los Angeles) is a music critic, program annotator, and regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and the American Record Guide. He is the West Coast regional editor for Classical Voice North America.
Taylor Grant curates news for Musical America and contributes to a variety of small outlets in the Midwest. A conservatory-trained oboist, she also runs marathons.
Hodges_Bruce Bruce Hodges (New York) is a regular reviewer for The Strad and serves as North American editor for Seen & Heard International. He has written articles for Playbill and Strings magazines and program notes for London's Southbank Centre. From 2007 to 2015, he wrote a monthly recordings column for The Juilliard Journal.
Johnson_Dan Daniel Stephen Johnson (New York) was born and raised in the deserts of Southern California and majored in viola performance and American literature at USC before moving to study creative writing at Columbia University. He used to be a record store clerk in Connecticut, but now he lives in Brooklyn and works for classical music publisher CF Peters.
George Loomis (New York and Europe) writes about classical music for the Financial Times, The New York Times, Opera magazine, and other publications. He has a doctorate in music history from Yale.
May_Thomas Thomas May (Seattle) writes about music and theater and is the English program editor for the Lucerne Festival. His work can be found in Gramophone,Symphony, The Seattle Times, and many other outlets, including the program books of the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Symphony, and Juilliard School.His books include Decoding Wagner and The John Adams Reader.
Pritsker_Maya Maya Pritsker (New York and Moscow) was born and raised in Moscow and holds a master’s degree in musicology from the Gnessin’s Academy of Music. Since moving to the U.S. in 1991, she has been writing, lecturing, and producing radio and TV shows on the arts for both Russia and U.S. media outlets.
Schmid_Rebecca2 Rebecca Schmid (Berlin) is a classical music and culture journalist who writes for The New York Times, Financial Times, Musical America, Gramophone, and other publications.
Schultz_Rick Rick Schultz (Los Angeles) writes about classical music for the Los Angeles Times, Jewish Journal, and Classical Voice North America, among others. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two cats, and an elderly dog.
Sarah Shay (Denver) Sarah Shay is based in Denver, CO, and is an adjunct professor of music at the University of Denver and Colorado College
rachel_straus_1 Rachel Straus (New York) is a full-time lecturer in dance history and liberal arts at The Juilliard School. A widely published dance journalist, she holds a MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, an MFA from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, and is completing a PhD in Dance Studies from London’s University of Roehampton.
Tang_Rudolph (2) Rudolph Tang (China) divides his time between China and Europe, writing about classical music and opera. He served as editor of Gramophone China and Symphony World from 2005-2013. His second book, The Many Faces of Musicians in China, was published by the Beijing Normal University Press in 2014.
Valencia_Mark Mark Valencia (London) is opera editor of the UK theater website, WhatsOnStage. His passion for combining music with dramatic production has led him to collaborate on lyrics and opera librettos and to direct widely for the stage.
Vitali_Carlo Carlo Vitali(Italy) is a music critic, lecturer, and essayist for numerous publications, including Classic Voice, Classic Opera, Musica in Milan, Opernwelt, Opera Today, and Radio Televisione Svizzera Italiana (RTSI). An expert on the legendary castrato Farinelli, he has published scholarly essays for Ricordi, Garland, Cambridge University Press, Bärenreiter, Pendragon, L.I.M. and others.
Yohalem_John John Yohalem (New York) has been writing on opera, theater, music, movies, and books for more years than he cares to think about. He was editor and publisher of the late lamented Enchanté: The Journal for the Urbane Pagan and has contributed to the The New York Times Book Review, Fanfare, Parterre Box, Opera News, Seattle Weekly, and others.
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