Harlow Robinson

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Harlow Robinson is an author, lecturer and Matthews Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of History at Northeastern University, where he also served as Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and of the Department of History. He received his B.A. in Russian from Yale University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Russians in Hollywood, Hollywood’s Russians, Sergei Prokofiev: A Biography, Selected Letters of Sergei Prokofiev and The Last Impresario: The Life, Times and Legacy of Sol Hurok. His articles, essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Opera News, Opera Quarterly, Opera, Musical America, San Francisco Chronicle, Stagebill and other publications.

As a lecturer, he has appeared at The Boston Symphony, Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Bard Festival, Carnegie Hall, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Guild, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Boston Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Harvard University, Columbia University and Cornell University, among others. He has contributed radio commentary to NPR, WGBH, WNYC, the Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee Broadcasts and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and television programming for NPR (
Soviet Television Tonight). For Lincoln Center, the Boston Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center he has consulted on special events and festivals.

The recipient of fellowships and grants from the Fulbright Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, IREX, and the Whiting Foundation, Robinson was named in 2010 an Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a biography of director Lewis Milestone, which will appear in 2019. He has made more than 25 research trips to the USSR and Russian Federation, beginning in 1970. As an undergraduate at Yale, he sang in the Yale Russian Chorus and organized the group’s tour to the USSR in 1971.


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