Stephen Wright, a co-founder of IMG Artists, now owns ICA Artists (which used to be Van Walsum).
With me so far?
Stephen needs help at the top so he has hired Ian Smallbone, who set up the ill-fated Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra before joining the IMG exodus in 2013.
Like White Russians driving cabs in 1920s Paris, the music world is thronged with IMG refugees.
I am pleased to announce that, with effect from 13 April, Ian Smallbone will be joining me as Co-Chairman of International Classical Artists. Ian and I have a close working relationship that goes back over 25 years – from when he joined me at Harold Holt in the late 1980s, through my years at IMG Artists – and in particular, collaborating together on a major five-year project to advise PETRONAS on the creation of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the opening and running of its new concert hall in Kuala Lumpur.
At ICA, apart from sharing the chairmanship and oversight of the company’s activities, Ian will concentrate on a range of developments, including the areas of Orchestral Touring & Projects, and ICA’s expanding role in Asia. I will continue my direct, and personal, involvement as before with the company’s individual artist roster, and together, Ian and I will also be working to expand and enhance the opportunities available to our artists around the world.