Anthony Tommasini

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Anthony Tommasini (born 1948) is chief music critic for The New York Times.


Tommasini taught music at Emerson College in Boston and led writing workshops at Wesleyan University and Brandeis University. He was denied tenure at Emerson College and turned to music criticism.

He became a staff writer for the New York Times in 1996 and was promoted to chief classical music critic in 2000.[1]

His mentors include Virgil Thomson, a critic for the New York Herald Tribune, and Richard Dyer, who was the Boston Globe's classical music critic for 33 years.[1]

Tommasini is the author of Virgil Thomson: Composer on the Aisle,[2] which received the 1998 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and Opera: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Works and the Best Recordings.[3]

Tommasini received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Boston University in 1998.[4]

Also a pianist, he made two recordings of music by Virgil Thomson for Northeastern Records, Portraits and Self-Portraits and Mostly About Love: Songs and Vocal Works. Both were funded through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

He lives in New York City with his husband, Ben McCommon.[5]


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