Alex Ross


Contemporary Music

10th edition

Music critic and staff writer of The New Yorker (United States).


Alex Ross studied under composer Peter Lieberson at Harvard University, where he earned an AB in English with a thesis on James Joyce. From 1992 to 1996 he worked as music critic for the New York Times. He also wrote for The New Republic, Slate, the London Review of Books, Lingua Franca, Fanfare and Feed.

He began contributing to The New Yorker in 1993 and joined the staff there in 1996. He has published two books: The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007), a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and Samuel Johnson Prize in the non-fiction category – and Listen to This (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010).

Three-time winner of a Deems Taylor Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, he also holds the Belmont Prize for Contemporary Music and the Champion of New Music Award bestowed by the American Composers Forum.

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