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Eric C. Simpson

Eric C. Simpson

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Eric C. Simpson is Associate Editor of The New Criterion.

A violinist since age four, Mr. Simpson is active in New York and beyond as a music critic, contributing regularly to The New York Classical Review. His writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the Hopkins Review.


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Music Feb 02, 2016

New York’s new maestro

Jaap van Zweden; photo by Marco Borggreve, courtesy IMG Artists The New York Philharmonic is in the midst of a major facelift—they have already brought in a new Concertmaster and Chairman, and by 2021 they will have a new Music Director and more or less a new concert hall, as well. Writing in this space last week, my good friend Jay Nordlinger praised the Philharmonic’s announcement that the Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden will become the orchestra’s twenty-sixth music director, beginning in the 2018–19 season.


Aug 18, 2015

Thoroughly modern Mozart

Written on Skin / Credit: Richard Termine I tend to keep my guard up when I hear that a new piece of music is being praised to the skies. Perhaps this is partly cynicism; but I find in a lot of music criticism today a tendency to give a blanket (if often tepid) seal of approval to any new piece of music that manages to make its way to a concert stage, informed by a desire to convince the public not to be afraid of new compositions.


Aug 06, 2015

Mozart in the desert

Susanna Phillips (Arminda) in La Finta Giardiniera/ © Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera There is an understandable fascination with the early works of the great masters. They are often flawed, to be sure, but in them we can see the foundations of what we later recognize as the artist’s greatest pieces.


Jul 23, 2015

Second Tanglewood Dispatch

The Emerson Quartet via In my last update, I said that Paul Lewis was “widely recognized as one of our great pianists. ” So I was surprised to hear, before his recital on Tuesday, a number of concertgoers saying that they'd “never heard of this guy.


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