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About Performance Today

Commentator Ted Libbey

One of America's most highly regarded music critics and commentators, Ted Libbey is author of the NPR Guide to Building A Classical Music Library, and in 2002, he was the voice of the PT 50, Performance Today's list of 50 essential classical music CDs.

Libbey's latest book is the 1000-page NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music. He has served as a top editor and music critic at High Fidelity magazine, Musical America, The New York Times and The Washington Star, and acted as programming consultant and coordinator for the John F. Kennedy Center's "Tribute to Germany" in 1992. He is author of Symphonic Portraits: A Classical Portfolio, and of histories of the National Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall.

In August, 2002, The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) appointed Libbey as its Director of Media Arts Programs.

A co-producer of the 1996 NPR Classics release J.S. Bach In Performance, Libbey also served as repertory consultant and co-producer of Time-Life Records' Beethoven Series and Great Composer Series, which went platinum in 1991.

Libbey graduated cum laude from Yale University as a Yale National Scholar, and during graduate school was appointed assistant conductor of the Stanford University orchestra. He spent a year as director of the Composer/Librettist Program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 1988 received the United States Information Agency's Award for Outstanding Service as a consultant for USIA's Artistic Ambassador Program.

Ted also composed the score for the award-winning film Home of Hope, and several of his arrangements have been performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. He frequently lectures in the United States and Europe.