R. Douglas Sheldon
R. Douglas Sheldon, Senior Vice President and Director of Columbia Artists Management LLC, is one of the best known and most respected artist managers in the field of classical music.
Sheldon manages some of the world’s preeminent artists and ensembles, and known especially for his work with symphony orchestras. The New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, [Kirov] Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Budapest Festival Orchestra, China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and Vienna Symphony are a few of the orchestras he represents in a long list that has also included the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Cleveland, Minnesota, and Saint Louis Orchestras.
He represents conductors Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Vladimir Spivakov and has worked closely on touring projects with Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, and Dennis Russell Davies. He has represented Anne-Sophie Mutter since 1986, and also represents violinists Vadim Repin and Vladimir Spivakov. He has managed some of the greatest opera singers of the 20th century, including Teresa Berganza, Grace Bumbry, and Justino Diaz and presently represents Marilyn Horne
Active in chamber music, he represented the Beaux Arts Trio, which retired from the stage in 2008 after 53 seasons, has arranged chamber music tours for pianist Martha Argerich, represents the Mutter-Previn-Harrell piano trio and the Mutter-Bashmet-Harrell string trio and now works with the rising young stars, the Capuçon-Angelich Piano Trio.
Always interested in young artists, he introduced pianist Yundi Li (the 2000 Chopin Competition Gold Medalist) to the United States and now oversees the development of Olga Kern, the 2001 Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist; Denis Matsuev, the 1998 Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medalist; Alexei Volodin, the 2003 Geza Anda Competition Gold Medalist and one of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation young artists, Roman Patkaló.
Mr. Sheldon joined Columbia Artists in 1966 and has served in many capacities in addition to his responsibilities as Senior Vice President and Director: booking representative, National Booking Director, Artist Manager, Attraction Producer and Manager, and Director of Corporate and Artists Publicity. He has served on the committees to create an in-house travel agency, to streamline budgeting and reporting systems, to review travel and entertainment, to review all touring and production budgets, and to relocate the CAMI offices after nearly 50 years in the legendary 57th Street location across from Carnegie Hall.
In pursuit of diversity in his career Mr. Sheldon founded the Ames International Orchestra Festival (1969), organized the first-ever coliseum tour of the Boston Pops (1972), presented the debut US tour of André Rieu & the Johann Strauss Orchestra (1997), toured the legendary Salzburg Marionette Theatre, and for a period 20 years beginning in 1986, managed The Boys Choir of Harlem.
His activities now take him around the world on a regular basis to Russia, China, Japan, Asia, and Europe. He has taken the New York Philharmonic and Anne-Sophie Mutter to China and Japan on frequent tours and recently the Pittsburgh Symphony on a tour of China and Taiwan. He oversees the careers of Valery Gergiev and Leonard Slatkin. He consults regularly on all international projects of the ‘Kirov’ companies of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.