Edward Rothstein

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Edward Rothstein (born October 16, 1952) is an American critic and composer.

Rothstein holds a B.A. from Yale University (1973), an M.A. in English literature from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago (1994). In addition, Rothstein did graduate work in mathematics at Brandeis University.

Rothstein is currently the cultural critic-at-large for The New York Times,[1] particularly examining the reach and depth of museums, large and small, one by one. He has worked as a music critic for The New Republic and as the chief music critic for the Times.

Rothstein is a two-time winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for music criticism, and was given a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1991.

As a composer, Rothstein supports the idea that music may be linked in a distant way to physical and mathematical ideas such as string theory. He explores this notion in his book Emblems of Mind.


  1. ^ Yoe, Mary Ruth, "Everybody's a critic", University of Chicago Magazine, February, 2004 (96:3). Listing for Vision of Utopia at the end of the UCM article appears to be incorrect; the corrected listing in this Wiki article is based on Amazon listing, picture of book cover at Amazon, and internal Wiki links.