Philippa Kiraly has been a classical music critic for more than 30 years. She wrote for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio and, after moving to Seattle in 1991, for the Sun Press and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Nowadays she writes for The Sun Break blog, The Seattle Times and City Arts.

Recent Articles


Mostly Nordic Begins With an Icelandic Journey

An icy folk tradition comes to the Nordic Heritage Museum

Baroque Christmas in the New World

Pacific MusicWorks' holiday concert unearthed rarely-heard musical treasures.

Gerontius’ Dream Speaks to Us All

Seattle Symphony performs Elgar’s shimmering, spiritual oratorio “The Dream of Gerontius” for the first time in 25 years.

Emerald Ensemble Emerges

Bach’s great motets sung by a new group still finding its voice.

Seattle Opera’s ‘As One’

The chamber opera about a transgender woman is electrifying, engrossing and brilliant.

“Remember Us”

Music of Remembrance began its 19th season with a riveting, sobering program.

A Brilliant Composer, A Spellbinding Pianist

SSO masterfully blends old and new via Beethoven and a world premiere by Agata Zubel

Unusual Combo Kicks Off Town Music

Violinist Caroline Goulding made a superb Seattle debut with cellist Joshua Roman.

Bright Debut for Emerald City Music

The casual chamber series is an exciting addition to Seattle’s classical music scene.

‘The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory’

Seattle Opera makes a storybook meal of this slight, silly Rossini opera.

‘The Yeomen of the Guard’

A well-executed tale of love and execution from Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society.