Granny pianist gets new management

Maria Joao Pires, whose handsome grandson turns pages at her recitals, has found new management.

Long with¬†Jan Burnett, who used to work for Harold Holt before she set up a standalone, Pires has moved back to Askonas Holt on Jan’s retirement. Nice to know that the career, like her granny pal Martha’s (below), continues to flourish.

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  • Dear Norman,
    One slight correction. An artist does not work FOR a management. The management works FOR the artist.
    Larry

  • I thought Norman was saying that Jan Burnett, her long-time, mgr had previously worked for Harold Holt and had started her own mgmt company but is now retiring.

  • Why is the word “granny” being tossed around? Do journalists refer to men of a certain age as “grampa”???

  • It is demeaning to refer to these women as a “granny” and “her granny pal.” Even if the fact that they have grandchildren is relevant, such as having a grandson turning pages, it implies that they’re not to be taken seriously and that it’s a novelty that a woman who is a grandmother would possibly be under artist management. Hard to imagine an older male pianist being called “gramps” and remarking that his career miraculously “continues to flourish.”

  • Grandpa blogger writes asinine post passive-aggressively mocking the ages of artists high above his own level of renown.

  • Indeed of all the adjectives to choose to describe these two phenomenal ladies, albeit they are both indeed grandmothers, “granny” seems an odd choice…

  • I thought Norman was being both provocative and ironic, probably in the interests of baiting us after noting that Pires’ grandson was a page turner for her, drawing attention to the fact she’s a grandmother.

    The last word that would come to my mind for either of these two is ‘granny’ so I thought he was mainly being silly, using that word (normally a dismissive one for someone who’s lost the powers of youth) for two of the most formidable, powerful pianists today, after noting the grandson. Grand irony.

    I pictured extreme mischief coinciding with a wish to increase traffic and activity. So I ignored it.

    But it’s also true this whimsy would likely never be shown with a grandpa pianist. ūüôā

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