- Jonas Westover
(bc1945). American music critic. Swed attended the University of California at Berkeley, earning a BA in music, and Mills College (MA). He fostered his interests in contemporary music early in his career, which later led to his service as the editor for 20th-century music for the Musical Quarterly between 1992 and 2000. As chief music critic, Swed wrote for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the Wall Street Journal, and 7 Days in New York. He has written pieces for the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Economist, Musical America, and Gramophone, among others. Since 1996, Swed has held the position of classical music critic at the Los Angeles Times. Swed has received many honors for his work, including the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award (1994) and the Letter of Distinction from the American Music Center, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in ...