Biography

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Gavin Plumley is a writer and broadcaster, pondering everything from Helena Bonham-Carter’s hair in the 80s to Georg Friedrich Haas’s search for a unique sound. Well known for his work on Central Europe and classical music, Gavin is equally at home on Broadway and in Tolstoy’s Russia.

You can find his work in The GuardianThe Times and High Life, as well as in opera and concert programmes around the world. He appears frequently on BBC Radio 3, both as a guest and as a presenter, and on BBC Radio 4, talking on Start the WeekSaturday Review and PM. Gavin also edits other people’s writing, as the commissioning editor of English-language programme notes for the Salzburg Festival and for the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Salzburg Easter Festival. And he lectures around the world, recently giving talks at the National Gallery, the British Museum, the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, the Royal Opera House and the CBSO, in addition to being an accredited lecturer for NADFAS, the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies.

Gavin’s latest broadcasting projects include presenting Tristan und Isolde from the Bayreuth Festival and a series of Lunchtime Concerts from the Verbier Festival on BBC Radio 3, as well as speaking during the interval at the New Year’s Concert from Vienna, commenting on the music of Mozart, Strauss and Brahms and the musical history of Dresden at the BBC Proms and being the guest in the box at a live broadcast of Der Rosenkavalier from the Royal Opera House.

Follow the links above to read more about his work.

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