R. Larry Todd is the author of Mendelssohn: A Life in Music (Oxford Univ. Press), named best biography of 2003 by the Association of American Publishers, and described in the New York Review of Books as “likely to be the standard biography for a long time to come.” A German translation, which appeared in 2008 from Reclam/Carus Verlag as Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Sein Leben, seine Musik , was awarded a Deutscher Musikeditions Preis.
Arts & Sciences Professor of Music at Duke Uni- versity, Todd has published widely on nineteenth-century music with a focus on Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny Hensel. He is a former fellow of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Humanities Center. His biography of Fanny Hensel, titled Fanny Hensel, the Other Mendelssohn (Oxford University Press), was awarded the Nicholas Slonimsky Prize from ASCAP in New York. He is the editor of many critical editions of Mendelssohn’s works, including the oratorios, the Violin Concerto (first and second versions), the Lieder ohne Worte , and has reconstructed Mendelssohn’s third Piano Concerto from his autograph drafts.
He serves as general editor of the Routledge Studies in Musical Genres and of the Master Musician Series for Oxford University Press. A graduate of Yale University,where he received his Ph.D., he studied piano at the Yale School of Music and with the late Lilian Kallir.