Norman Lebrecht is one of the most widely-read commentators on music, culture and cultural politics. He is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Standpoint and other publications. His blog, Slipped Disc, draws 1.3 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. His most recent work, Why Mahler?, is the best-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 lecturer at major cultural institutions and universities. He has been invited to speak at the Universities of London, Yale, Syracuse, SUNY Buffalo, UMKC Kansas City, USC Los Angeles, Claremont McKenna, Carnegie Mellon, Tel Aviv and the University of Granada, Spain. He has also worked with 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 with the festivals of Verbier, Toblach, Cheltenham, Derry, Edinburgh, Melbourne and more.