New York Classical Review was launched September 1, 2013 by Lawrence A. Johnson.


Lawrence A. Johnson
Lawrence A. Johnson is the former classical music critic of the Miami Herald, and, prior to that, classical music writer at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. He was a freelance critic for the Chicago Tribune throughout the 1990s, covering classical music as well as rock and theater, and wrote regularly for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Opera News, Opera and The New Criterion.

Johnson moved back to his hometown of Chicago in 2009 to launch Chicago Classical Review. In addition to continuing to serve as lead critic of CCR, he is also editor of New York Classical Review and all the other Classical Review sites. In 2014 Johnson launched the American Music Project, a nonprofit foundation committed to advocating for American classical music of the past through grants and selectively commissioning new works from American composers.

Regular Contributors

George Grella
George Grella is a musician, composer, and independent scholar. Along with writing for New York Classical Review, he contributes to The Wire magazine, Downbeat, Music & Literature, NewMusicBox, WQXR, and other publications.

His performing experience includes playing jazz, classical and improvised music at CBGB, the original Knitting Factory, and Weill Recital Hall. As a composer, he has produced chamber music, opera, electronic music and has created music for dance and cartoons. He serves as music editor at the Brooklyn Rail, and is the author of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, the first jazz title in the 33 1/3 series from Bloomsbury.

Sean Piccoli
Sean Piccoli is a journalist based in Brooklyn, and a former pop music critic for the Sun Sentinel in South Florida. He wrote his first Classical Review piece in 2011 for Chicago Classical Review, and serves as a contributing writer and editor for all the Classical Review sites. He is a freelance local news reporter whose work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Post, and Vanity Fair online.

Eric C. Simpson
Eric C. Simpson is a writer, editor, and violinist. He began writing for New York Classical Review in 2013, and has also contributed articles to Boston Classical Review and South Florida Classical Review. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Hopkins Review, and The New Criterion, where he is currently an associate editor.

He began playing the violin at age four, and has since studied with faculty of the Settlement Music School, the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Yale School of Music. Though no longer performing professionally, he maintains a rigorous practice regimen, giving recitals and playing chamber music. In 2016, he was selected as a finalist in WQXR’s “Moonlighters Competition.”

David Wright
David Wright has been a reviewer for The Classical Review since 2011, based first in Boston, then in New York. He has written program notes for Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series and Mostly Mozart Festival since 1982.

From 1993 to 1995, he was the program editor and annotator of the New York Philharmonic, where his program notes received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence. He has also written program notes for Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Opera. He has contributed to or edited several reference books, and written regularly for the New York Times, Stagebill, Chamber Music, and other publications.



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