Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer. Born in New York, raised in Miami, he has an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

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Talented, vulnerable children: How the Curtis Institute of Music may have been ripe for abuse

The power dynamic between music instructors and extremely talented young musicians is similar to the one between Olympic coaches and elite gymnasts. And then there's this: Curtis is free.

At the Met Philadelphia, opera is about to come back for the first time in more than 80 years

The Academy of Vocal Arts, Philly's launching pad for opera stars, is bringing in Angela Meade, Latonia Moore, Vanessa Vasquez, Michael Fabiano, André Courville, and others.

Curtis Institute hired a law firm to investigate sexual assault claims. Will it be enough?

The announcement comes three months after the school created a hotline — which critics call "heartless."

At PCMS, Dover and Escher show two string quartets are better than one

The Escher and Dover quartets joined forces in a rarity.

Philadelphia Orchestra conductor Nathalie Stutzmann piles on the detail. A sense of awe follows.

The French guest conductor presided over routine programming and delivered performances that were anything but routine.

Philly Pops is playing ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ live at the Met Philadelphia. Our critic loved the opening-night crowd.

The concert was a big love-in for fans of Danny Eflman's score to the Tim Burton classic.

Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt show finesse at the Kimmel, and an acrobat’s flair

You had to wait for the encore, though, for a sense of why these two are considered among the first rank of soloists worldwide.

Philadelphia Orchestra offers job to new principal oboist

Philippe Tondre won Sunday's audition, but no contract has yet been signed.

Like the Sixers, the Philadelphia Orchestra has a Chinese engagement this week, and two concerts in Taiwan coming soon

A concert Saturday at the Kimmel Center celebrates Chinese culture, as well as the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

Jessye Norman was a superstar globally, but Philadelphia gave her an American stage debut

The opera star's deep and emotional connections to Philly start with Marian Anderson and extend to Eric Owens. Tears of joy are involved at several junctures.