Classical Ear is an iPhone app that delivers a new, professionally written classical CD review to your phone every weekday, along with sound clips and links to purchase. Our hope is that it will be a smart and convenient way for people to discover and connect with a wide range of great music via great recordings, and help grow new lovers of classical music.
Andrew Achenbach, Classical Ear's editor, is a professional music reviewer with decades of experience writing for Gramophone and other publications; and publisher Emily DeVoto is a classical music enthusiast who came up with the idea and is now trying to connect with people who can help us get the word out.
We live in Norwich and were happy to recruit a terrific developer, Tipsy & Tumbler, from within the local tech community here, but otherwise we've been creating the app out of our garage, as it were! We're thrilled that talented colleagues, friends and family have been so supportive, providing wonderful reviews for free.
For almost as long as he can recall, Classical Ear Editor Andrew Achenbach has held a passion for classical music and records. Andrew has pursued a varied freelance career reviewing CDs for Gramophone, writing copious programme- and sleeve-notes, as well as managing classical content for digital music providers.
Chris Achenbach has been a music therapist for nearly 30 years and is a musician, composer and author. He directs the Borders Big Band and Langlee Community Choir, and enjoys playing jazz piano. His wide-ranging musical interests include improvisation in its many forms.
Colin Anderson fell in love with music at the tender age of eleven through Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals and, four decades on, remains an enthusiastic collector. Colin has been editing The Classical Source for more than ten years, and he continues to enjoy music through concerts and recordings.
Rob Cowan has been a regular presenter for BBC Radio 3 since 2001 (CD Masters, The Cowan Collection, Sunday Morning, Essential Classics). He is also a long-standing reviewer for Gramophone. His hobbies are reading, walking and, whenever possible, travelling.
Gavin Dixon is a writer, journalist and editor based in Hertfordshire, UK. He has a PhD on the symphonies of Alfred Schnittke, is a Curator of Musical Instruments at the Horniman Museum in London, and also an Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent.
Melanie Eskenazi grew up to the sound of John McCormack and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and still regards Lieder as the perfect art form. Literature and Theatre have always been a part of her life, as has Food; she spent nine years as a Senior Inspector for The Good Food Guide.
Stine Frimann is a freelance journalist and critic based in Oslo, Norway. She is particularly interested in the Baroque era, but also finds historically informed performances of romantic repertoire very interesting.
Ivor Solomons started with tunes and can now listen to anything. His musical heroes are, in no particular order, Mahler, Schubert, Beethoven, Nielsen, Bruckner and Shostakovich.
John Kehoe is a vastly experienced classical recording Industry professional, and an expert in international recording production and project management, label management and catalogue development. He is also an author and translator on a wide range of classical music subjects.
Classical Ear Publisher, Emily DeVoto, was born in Princeton, NJ. Her listening preferences encompass Mahler, Beethoven, any and all small string ensemble works, and Sefardi romances; she owns a viola but, sadly, has never found the time to learn to play it.
Mark DeVoto is emeritus Professor of Music at Tufts University and an authority on the music of the Second Viennese School, but his favourite composers are Chopin, Schubert, Debussy and Ravel and, close behind them, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven.
Evan Dickerson read art history at the University of East Anglia. He is now an internationally published reviewer and frequent author of programme notes for concert venues including Wigmore Hall.
Lindsay Kemp is a Senior Producer in the BBC Radio 3 Music Department and Artistic Director of the London Festival of Baroque Music. He has also worked as a freelance recording producer and written widely on music.
Ruth Piatkus's love of opera started at a very early age as her father, a trained tenor, was constantly singing operatic arias about the house. She is a retired paediatrician and enjoys travelling, particularly liking holidays with a music/opera focus.
Michael Quinn has been writing about music for longer than he cares to admit, occasionally in tandem with a career in theatre and radio as a director and producer. He contributes to print, online and broadcast outlets in his native Northern Ireland, the UK, the US and Australia.
Michael J Stewart
Michael J Stewart is a composer, writer, reviewer and SEO consultant. He studied composition with Sir John Tavener at Trinity College of Music, London, and was a regular reviewer for Gramophone magazine and consultant editor for The Good CD Guide.
Steve Holtje is an obscure but prolific composer specialising in art songs and chamber music. Formerly a semi-professional chorister, he retains a great fondness for the choral repertoire; one of the worst pianists ever to put fingers to keys, he is nonetheless fascinated by that repertoire as well.
Mark Walker is an itinerant Classics teacher, occasional author of actual books, and keen amateur mandolin player with a passion for folk and bluegrass. In the 1990s he was the founder and editor of Gramophone magazine's Film Music Good CD Guide. Don't ask why, but he was also responsible for translating The Hobbit into Latin.