I am obsessed with music, as I expect many of you are, and this blog is yet another extension of that obsession. While my title here is Classical Music Critic -- and the blog's focus will be on symphonic music, chamber music, opera and other "art" and concert music -- I am an musical omnivore and I will plumb an eclectic range of topics, both about music in Pittsburgh and worldwide.
There's no preplanned structure to Classical Musings. Some days I will react to national news, other days I will bring a local person or project to your attention; some days I will add more to an article I wrote for the Post-Gazette, other days I will drop in FYI tidbits about music past and present. Still other days I may just talk about a new disc or download that is enthralling me or post a thought I want your take on. In fact, the latter is crucial to making the blog -- well -- sing, so please register (click here) and join in the conversation!
Andrew Druckenbrod has been the Post-Gazette's classical music critic since 1999, covering such institutions as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Opera and the area's vibrant array of presenting societies, choruses, early-music groups, bands, chamber ensembles, opera companies, composers, organists and more. His duties range from advancing and reviewing concerts to reporting on the arts and investigating trends in the field.
Druckenbrod has a background as a cellist, pianist, singer and conductor, but it is his education as a musicologist at the University of Notre Dame (B.A.) and the University of Minnesota (M.A.) that has most informed his writing on music. He is known for his engaging prose and innovative use of the Web to reach out to readers of all backgrounds with accessibility, context and depth.
A board member of the Music Critics Association of North America and a longtime member of the American Musicological Society, Druckenbrod also contributes reviews and features to such publications as Gramophone (U.K.), Opera (U.K.), OperaNews and Symphony. He has participated on panels run by the Aspen Music Festival, ArtsJournal.com and Carnegie Mellon University. He also has written program notes for the Minnesota Orchestra, appeared on WNYC's acclaimed program "Soundcheck" and taught courses on classical music at the University of Minnesota and the University of Pittsburgh.
Prior to Pittsburgh, Druckenbrod wrote music criticism for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, as well as Strings, Andante.com and the American Record Guide.