Alex Ross has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996. His work has also appeared in The New Republic, The London Review of Books, Lingua Franca, and The Guardian. From 1992 to 1996 he was a critic at The New York Times. He has received two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards for music criticism, fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin and the Banff Centre, and a Letter of Distinction from the American Music Center for contributions to the field of contemporary music. His first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, a cultural history of music since 1900, was published in October 2007 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Ross was born in Washington, DC, in 1968; he studied piano and composition with Denning Barnes and Russell Woollen, and also played the oboe. At Harvard College he studied European history, English literature, and music theory (with Peter Lieberson). He now lives in Manhattan, and is married with two cats.