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Neal Zaslaw

The Herbert Gussman Professor of Music at Cornell, Neal Zaslaw began his musical career in the 1960s as flutist in Leopold Stokowski’s American Symphony Orchestra. Between 1978 and 1982 he supervised recordings of all of Mozart’s symphonies by Jaap Schroeder, Christopher Hogwood, and the Academy of Ancient Music. Time magazine called the results “one of the most important projects in the history of recorded sound.” A decade later he was dubbed “Mr. Mozart” by the New York Times for organizing the 1991-92 Mozart Bicentennial at Lincoln Center, which staged performances of all of Mozart’s works.

Neal has been at Cornell since 1970, where he continues to teach the history of Western music from the ninth to the twenty-first centuries. He is the author of numerous books and more than seventy articles on baroque music, historical performance practices, Mozart, and the early history of the orchestra. His writings have been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, and Japanese.

In addition to hundreds of radio and television broadcasts in a dozen countries, Neal has lectured at more than sixty universities, colleges, museums, and performing arts centers on four continents. He has served as vice president of the American Musicological Society and is the recipient of research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music.