For over four years, Fred Kirshnit was classical music critic for The New York Sun. In addition to reviewing an average of 15 to 20 events a month in New York, he wrote on a variety of musical matters and has reported on concerts from London, Paris, Armenia, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston and Los Angeles.
He has also lectured in New York on the music of Richard Wagner and wrote numerous book reviews for The Sun.
A student of Estonian composer Avo Sõmer, Fred studied music theory, piano and percussion at the University of Connecticut, where he won the Wallace Stevens Award for Poetry in 1968, and
worked as a studio musician for Buddha records in the late 1960's. He has
contributed over 100 essays on music history to the All-Music Guide to
Classical Music and has recently written pieces on Gustav Mahler, Erich
Wolfgang Korngold, Sir Edward Elgar, Sergei Prokofiev and Franz Schmidt for Dialogues and Extensions, the
publication of the American Symphony Orchestra. Fred is a contributing writer for and a former member of the editorial committee of Le Concertographe Magazine of Paris, and was the host
of his own radio program, "Tuesday Classics", on WWUH-FM in Connecticut.