Maestro tips #2: ‘Changing agents is risky’

Christopher Seaman, author of the conductor’s vade mecum, reckons he’s been lucky with his agent and urges other to stick it out through thick and thin.

But he does quote another agent who complains of a conductor: ‘And to cap it all, he takes 80 percent of my money.’

seaman inside conducting

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  • Those 80% is an old story, which my father used already in the 1960s. He was then a well known agent, and advised his musicians NOT to stick with an agent when even without this agent he/she would anyway been invited by orchestras and venues to come. A personal secretary, was his opinion, would do better and be cheaper too. As did Sawallisch and does Harnoncourt.

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