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Harvey Sachs

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Harvey Sachs’s books – of which there are nearly 70 editions in 17 languages – include the standard biographies of Arturo Toscanini and Arthur Rubinstein, Virtuoso, Music in Fascist Italy, Reflections on Toscanini, The Ninth: Beethoven and the Year 1824, and, as co-author, Plácido Domingo’s My First Forty Years and Sir Georg Solti’s Memoirs. He also edited and translated The Letters of Arturo Toscanini. He has written for the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TLS, and many other publications, as well as for the BBC, PBS, CBC, Arte, RAI, and other radio and television networks.

He has lectured at universities and cultural institutions worldwide, has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and holds an honorary doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Mr. Sachs, who lived in Europe for over thirty years, is a former Artistic Director of the prestigious Società del Quartetto di Milano. He is currently amplifying and rewriting his classic Toscanini biography (for Oxford University Press) and assisting Plácido Domingo with a book about opera performance (W. W. Norton). During the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, he was the New York Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence. He is music critic for The Hudson Review and a frequent contributor to the Sunday cultural supplement of Il Sole-24 Ore, one of Italy’s leading newspapers.

Mr. Sachs joined the Curtis faculty in 2009.

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