Norman Lebrecht is one of the most widely-read commentators on music, culture and cultural politics. He has been a presenter on BBC Radio 3 and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Standpoint and other publications. His news site, Slipped Disc, is among the most widely read online culture sites, attracting 1.5 million monthly readers.

Norman Lebrecht’s many books – which include The Maestro Myth, When the Music Stops, Mahler Remembered and The Life and Death of Classical Music – have been translated into 17 languages. Why Mahler?, is the top-selling composer biography of the 21st century.

His first novel, The Song of Names, won the Whitbread Award in 2003.

His second novel, The Game of Opposites, was published in 2009.

Norman Lebrecht is a popular presenter at major cultural institutions and universities. He has lectured at the Universities of London, Yale, Syracuse, SUNY Buffalo, UMKC Kansas City, USC Los Angeles, Claremont McKenna, Carnegie Mellon, Peabody/John Hopkins, Tel Aviv and Granada, Spain. He has also presented at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, London South Bank Centre, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Intelligence Squared, the Shanghai International Literary Festival; and the festivals of Verbier, Toblach, Cheltenham, Derry, Edinburgh, Melbourne and more.

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