Donald Rosenberg

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Donald Rosenberg is an American musician, music critic and journalist.

Rosenberg was born in New York City and educated at the Mannes College of Music and the Yale School of Music. He is a horn player, who participated in the Aspen Music Festival and Marlboro Music Festival.[1]

Rosenberg wrote for the Akron Beacon Journal from 1977–89,[2] then for The Pittsburgh Press (1989–92) and Cleveland's The Plain Dealer from 1992.[1] The Cleveland Orchestra Story (ISBN 1-886228-24-8), his 700-page book on the history of the Cleveland Orchestra, was published in 2000.[3] He was removed from his position as principal classical music critic of The Plain Dealer in 2008, reportedly for his criticism of Franz Welser-Möst, the music director of the Cleveland Orchestra.[2][4] Rosenberg was laid off from The Plain Dealer in 2013.[4]

Rosenberg served four terms as president of the Music Critics Association of North America.[1] In March 2014, he was named editor of EMAg (Early Music America Magazine).[5] He was a visiting teacher at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 2011-18.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Oberlin College – Rubin Institute for Music Criticism – Donald Rosenberg". Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. Oberlin College. 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Wakin, Daniel J. (September 24, 2008). "Music Critic vs. Maestro: One Loses His Beat". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Rosenberg, Donald. "Book Excerpt: The Cleveland Orchestra Story". Gray & Company, Publishers. Archived from the original on February 26, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Ng, David (August 2, 2013). "Critic Donald Rosenberg among layoffs at Cleveland Plain Dealer". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "EMA Welcomes Donald Rosenberg as Editor of Early Music America Magazine". Early Music America (Press release). March 13, 2014. Archived from the original on May 10, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2014.