I am a journalist, pianist and author, currently at work on an opera guide scheduled for publication in 2018 by Basic Books. Here are links to some of my recent reviews, including “Turandot” and “Siegfried”” at the Metropolitan Opera and “Tosca” at LoftOpera.
As a regular contributor to the New York Times from June 2006 to June 2016, I wrote reviews, profiles and essays about a broad spectrum of classical, opera and world music. Some of my favorite recent articles include interviews with the composer Annie Gosfield, the pianist Yvgeny Kissin and the mezzo soprano Alice Coote, as well as features about the intersection of politics and music in Istanbul, the resurgence of sacred music in Caucasus Georgia, and an exploration of what makes musicians ‘ready’ to perform emotionally challenging works. I have also contributed many reviews and features to The Economist, including profiles of the conductors Marin Alsop and Gustavo Dudamel.
Before moving to New York I worked as a copy editor and reporter for the Moscow Times in Russia, writing stories about topics including mail order brides and the challenges facing foreign missionaries. I have also written about Tajikistan for CNN Traveler and New York’s Chinese diaspora for BBC Online, and reported on festivals in Mexico and Slovenia.
I was born in Bombay, India and grew up in London, England and Washington, DC. I have an undergraduate degree in languages and media from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, and studied for a year at the University of Seville, Spain. I received a postgraduate certificate in journalism from the London College of Communication and began my career editing British trade magazines.
When not writing about music, I enjoy playing the piano, studying languages, traveling, and hanging out in Astoria, my vibrant neighborhood in Queens, NY. I teach piano at Art House Astoria and am a volunteer English teacher at the Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans.