South Florida Classical Review was the first site founded in the Classical Review network. SFCR was created in June 2008 by Lawrence A. Johnson to fill the void in the region’s classical music journalism due to newspaper cutbacks of arts coverage.



Lawrence A. Johnson
Lawrence A. Johnson is the former classical music critic of the Miami Herald, and, prior to that, classical music writer at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He was a freelance critic for the Chicago Tribune throughout the 1990s, covering classical music as well as rock and theater, and wrote regularly for The New York Times, the Boston Globe, Opera News, Opera and The New Criterion.

Johnson moved back to his hometown of Chicago in 2009 to launch Chicago Classical Review. In addition to continuing to serve as lead critic of CCR, he is also editor of the Classical Review sites. In 2014 Johnson launched the American Music Project, a nonprofit foundation committed to advocating for American classical music of the past through grants and selectively commissioning new works from American composers.

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Lawrence Budmen
A native of Philadelphia, Lawrence Budmen has observed the South Florida music scene since 1972. A former teacher and cellist who has played ballet, orchestral and music theater performances in Philadelphia, his reviews have been published in the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Coral Gables Gazette and American Record Guide. He has also written program notes and given preconcert lectures for the Symphony of the Americas in Fort Lauderdale.