Nigel Simeone was born in London in 1956. After working as a teacher and university lecturer, he is now a freelance writer. As well as editing The Leonard Bernstein Letters, Nigel's earlier books include Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story (Ashgate), Janáček’s Works (Oxford, co-author), Messiaen (Yale, co-author) and Paris: A Musical Gazetteer (Yale). He broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3 and 4, writes CD notes for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon and Hyperion, and is a member of the reviewing panel for International Record Review for which he writes a regular column on historic recordings. He lives in Rushden, Northamptonshire.