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Justin Davidson (born in Rome, Italy, in 1966) is a classical music and architecture critic.

In 1983, he graduated from the American Overseas School of Rome, where his mother was an English teacher.[1] Davidson began his journalism career as a local stringer for the Associated Press in Rome, before moving to the United States to study music at Harvard University. He went on to earn a doctorate degree at Columbia University, where he also taught.[2]

A composer as well as a music critic, Davidson became a staff writer for the Long Island newspaper Newsday in 1996, where he also wrote about architecture. In 2002, he won the Pulitzer Prize in criticism[3] for "his crisp coverage of classical music that captures its essence."[4] In September 2007, he was hired by New York Magazine.[5]

Davidson took part at the faculty of D-Crit.

He is married to Ariella Budick, a New York-based art critic for the Financial Times.[5]


  1. ^ "AOSR Falcon Flyer 2003" (PDF).
  2. ^ "The 2002 Pulitzer Prize Winners -Criticism". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
  3. ^ Sherri Day (April 8, 2002). "New York Times Wins a Record Seven Pulitzer Prizes". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
  4. ^ "The 2002 Pulitzer Prize Winners - Criticism".
  5. ^ a b Former Newsday Staffer Justin Davidson Adjusting to the New Rhythms at New York Magazine | HuffPost