Allan Kozinn

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Allan Kozinn is a music critic for The New York Times.

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He received bachelor's degrees in music and journalism from Syracuse University in 1976.[1] He began freelancing as a critic and music feature writer for The New York Times in 1977, and joined the paper's staff in 1991.[2] Before joining the Times, he was a contributing editor to High Fidelity and Keynote magazines, and a frequent contributor to Guitar Player, Keyboard, Pulse and other publications. He was also the first music critic for the New York Observer. Kozinn has written a number of books, including Guitar: The History, the Music, the Players (1984),[3] Mischa Elman and the Romantic Style (1990),[4] The Beatles (1995) and a useful volume on [5] Classical Music: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings (2004).[6].

Kozinn joined the faculty of New York University in 2004, where he has taught courses in music criticism, Baroque music literature and the Beatles.[7] He also taught a course in the history of musical interpretation at the Juilliard School.

On September 3, 2012, Norman Lebrecht broke the story that Kozinn would no longer be a music critic for The New York Times and that he would now be demoted to a general "culture reporter."[1] A protest to the Times was instigated, with many musicians, critics, and readers adding their voices.[2] Kozinn takes exception to Norman Lebrecht's use of the word demotion. Although his preference was to remain a classical music critic, he as well as the Times did not consider Allan Kozinn's reassignment as a demotion. He has taken no cut in salary, hours or benefits, and his job title remains Classical Music Critic.

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