Boston Classical Review was created in September 2011 by music critic and editor Lawrence A. Johnson to provide comprehensive coverage of Boston’s rich and varied classical music scene. This follows the success of the previous websites, Chicago Classical Review, South Florida Classical Review and The Classical Review, which concentrates on national coverage beyond the specific regional sites.


Lawrence A. Johnson
Lawrence A. Johnson is the former classical music critic of the Miami Herald and, prior to that, classical music writer at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He was a freelance critic for the Chicago Tribune throughout the 1990s, covering classical music as well as rock and theater, and wrote regularly for The New York Times, the Boston Globe, Opera News, Opera and The New Criterion.

Johnson moved back to his hometown of Chicago in 2009 to launch Chicago Classical Review. In addition to continuing to serve as lead critic of CCR, he is also editor of all the Classical Review sites. In 2014 Johnson launched the American Music Project, a nonprofit foundation committed to advocating for American classical music of the past through grants and selectively commissioning new works from American composers.

Regular Contributors

Jonathan Blumhofer
Jonathan Blumhofer is a composer, violist, and teacher who grew up outside of Chicago but has been based in the Greater Boston area since 2004. His music has been performed locally and internationally by ensembles including the American Composers Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic, Worcester Chamber Music Society, Camerata Chicago, and Juventas New Music Group. In addition to Boston Classical Review, he also writes about music for the Arts Fuse and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.