Justin Davidson

Notable Books Contributor / Critic; Writer / United States / New York Magazine

Justin Davidson has been the classical music and architecture critic at New York magazine since 2007. Most recently, he co-authored the magazine’s Global Urban Design issue, writing an article on the lessons New York could learn from cities around the world. Before that, he spent 12 years as classical music critic at Newsday, where he also wrote about architecture and was a regular commentator on cultural issues.

He won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2002, and an American Society of Newspaper Editors criticism (ASNE) award. A native of Rome, Davidson graduated from Harvard University and later earned a doctoral degree in music composition at Columbia University.

He has contributed to The New Yorker, W., Travel and Leisure, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and Salon, is a regular columnist for the website emusic, and has appeared on WNYC, NPR, and German radio programs.

Davidson is a member of the faculty of the Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts and has also taught in the Goldring Arts Journalism Program of Syracuse University and the NEA’s annual Arts Journalism Institutes.

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