The magazine's former critic of 26 years, Peter G. Davis, told the The New York Times earlier this month that he was asked to sign an "agreement of separation" by New York, which decided it no longer needed a full-time classical music critic.
The 41-year-old Davidson has been a classical music critic at Newsday since 1996. In 2002, he won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism that same year became Newsday's first architecture critic. He has written for The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, Salon, Opera News and andante.com.
Davidson holds a B.A. in music from Harvard University and a D.M.A. in composition from Columbia University, where he later served as an adjunct professor. His works have been performed in the U.S., Italy, China and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Newsday, Davidson worked as Sony Classical's editorial director.
He will be New York's first staff architecture critic since 2004.