Author: Allan Kozinn
Allan Kozinn wrote about music and musicians for The New York Times from 1977 to 2012, the last 21 years of that tenure as a staff critic. From 2012 to 2014, he covered culture more broadly for the Times, reporting on art, theater, film and television, as well as both pop and classical music.
Shortly after he left the Times at the end of 2014, he moved to Portland, Maine, where he briefly considered retiring into a life of composing, recording and occasionally reconvening his rock band, BAT. Instead, he began reviewing music for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Opera News, Musical America, Classical Review and the San Francisco Classical Voice, and writing liner notes and program book articles. In the summer of 2015, he became the classical music critic for the Portland Press Herald.
Allan earned degrees in music and journalism from Syracuse University, and has published several books, among them:Mischa Elman and the Romantic Style, The Guitar: The History, The Players, The Music,The Beatles: From the Cavern to the Rooftop, The New York Times Essential Library: Classical Music, Got That Something: How The Beatles’ ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ Changed Everything, and most recently, Spoleto 40: The Spoleto Festival USA, 40 Years.