Harold C. Schonberg, one of the world's leading music critics, was born in New York City in 1915. He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.A. from New York University. He has been conferred the honorary degrees of Doctor of Letters from Temple University and Doctor of Humane Letters from Grinnell College. He joined the New York Times in 1950 as music critic, was named senior music critic in 1960 and continued at that post until he became cultural correspondent in 1980. Schonberg was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1971. The author of more than a dozen books -- including "The Great Pianists," "The Great Conductors," "Lives of the Great Composers," "Facing the Music," "The Glorious Ones" and "Horowitz: His Life and Music" -- Schonberg has served as a juror in many international piano competitions, including the Rubinstein in Tel Aviv and the Liszt in Budapest.
Schonberg died on July 27, 2003.
As of 2003, IPAM's Schonberg Collection consists mainly of a correspondence file of letters to and from Mr. Schonberg and various musicians and readers of his reviews. Further details are available on request.