New York-based Columbia Artists Management, Inc. today announced it will cease all operations immediately, due to the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Founded in 1930, the agency was a leading force of artist management in the classical music industry.
It’s recent roster included violinists Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Philippe Quint, Vadim Repin, conductors Seiji Ozawa, Valery Gergiev and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and VC Artists Charles Yang, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian and Paul Huang.
Columbia Artists previously represented luminary conductors, including Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein and pianists Vladimir Horowitz and Van Cliburn.
“After prolonged deliberation and with profound sadness, the owners of Columbia Artists announced today that the company will cease operations immediately. This painful decision has been made as the result of the impact of the worldwide pandemic on the entire international performing arts community,” said President & CEO Tim Fox.