2018 Rubin Prize in Music Criticism goes to violinist and writer Jennifer Gersten

Posted on: October 31, 2018

“After a week of intensive writing and workshops and, of course, concerts, the Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism’s panel of distinguished critics selected Jennifer Gersten, a DMA candidate in violin at Stony Brook University, as the winner of the $10,000 Rubin Prize in Music Criticism,” writes Michael Zwiebach in Tuesday’s (10/30) San Francisco Classical Voice. “Brin Solomon, an MFA candidate at New York University was runner-up, winning a $1,000 prize.… In addition to her study of the violin, Gersten is an accomplished writer: She received her B.A. at Yale University in creative writing. She is a senior editor for Guernica: A Magazine of Global Arts and Politics…. Her reporting, essays, and music reviews have been published or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review Online, The Awl, NPR Music, Guernica, Harvard Magazine, WQXR, and Bachtrack. The prizewinners were chosen from 18 participants from around the country. In his closing remarks, S.F. Conservatory President David H. Stull conveyed the panel’s pleasure in the high quality of work that the young writers did, commending them as “not only outstanding writers but believers in the future of music and in their ability to contribute on an ongoing and permanent basis.’ ”

Posted October 31, 2018