Stephen Walsh was born in Chipping Norton in 1942 but was brought up in London and went to school at St Paul’s. He took a music degree at Caius College, Cambridge, then spent thirteen years as a freelance music critic, working successively for The Times, the Daily Telegraph and as deputy critic of the Observer. Since 1976 he has been on the music staff of Cardiff University, where he now holds a personal chair. As a writer he has mainly specialised in the music of the twentieth century mainstream. Most recently he has been working on a two-volume biography of Igor Stravinsky, the first volume of which won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s award as the best music book published in 2000. He is still at work on the second volume. He lives in Herefordshire.
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