R. Douglas Sheldon
R. Douglas Sheldon, chairman of the board of directors of Columbia Artists Management Inc., has served as one of the best-known and most respected artist managers in the international field of classical music for the better part of five decades.
He represents some of the world’s pre-eminent artists and ensembles: The New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, London Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, China Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Chamber Ensemble Wien-Berlin, and Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig to name a few, and also conductors Jaap van Zweden, Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Juanjo Mena, Thierry Fischer, and Carlos Miguel Prieto, and soloists Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, Dennis Matsuev, Khatia Buniatishvili, Olga Kern, Paul Huang, and Menahem Pressler.
In 2015, the Sarasate International Violin Competition (Pamplona, Spain) invited Mr. Sheldon to be the President of the International Jury and to choose the panel of jurors and set the rules of the competition. Since then, he has chaired the separate juries of the Montreal Symphony’s Manulife Competitions for Strings and Organ (2016), has served as jury member of the inaugural Olga Kern International Piano Competition (Albuquerque, US, 2016), the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montreal Piano Competition, the 2017 Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Piano Competition (New York), and the 2018 Malta International Piano Competition. He will serve on the Jury of the 2020 International Piano Competition in Sydney, Australia.
From 2004–2013, Mr. Sheldon served as Vice Chair of the White Nights Foundation of America, dedicated to the betterment of cultural understanding and awareness and economic interaction between America and Russia and to support the performing ensembles (ballet, opera, and orchestra) of the famed Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in its activities in the United States. He is president of his high school’s alumni association in Sidney, N.Y., one of the only high school alumni associations in America that organize a 3-day annual reunion for all graduating classes and contribute significantly in support of school and community projects.
His conducting activities include music director of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, since 1976; conductor of the Hamilton College Men’s Reunion choir since 1980; and conductor of the Baldwin Festival Chorus of New York since 2008. He has served as guest conductor of the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia and of the University Glee Club of New York and as International Guest Conductor of the 100-voice Orfeón Pamplonés in two cathedral concerts in works of Brahms, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, Bruckner, Fauré, and Casals on the occasion of Orfeon’s 150th anniversary (2015).