We understand that Stefana Atlas, one of a batch of IMG bosses who left the company in a 2014 bloodletting, is getting ready to move her desk and her artists into arch-rival CAMI.
Stefana, who worked as Kurt Masur’s assistant for many years, knows the business inside out.
She represents a small group of mostly young artists, led by the fast-rising Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, new music director at Birmingham’s CBSO.
The deal is that she gets to pool resources with the veteran Doug Sheldon, senior Vice President & Managing Director at CAMI and one of the last people in that edifice with frontline artist credibility.
This is a very good fit for Stefana and for Doug, who is Anne-Sophie Mutter’s main agent.
It leaves IMG looking dumb (but they’re maybe used to that).
UPDATE: Press release issued later in the day:
Stefana Atlas will join Columbia Artists Management LLC on August 1, 2016 as Artist Manager and Senior Vice President.
Doug Sheldon, Managing Director and Senior Vice President of CAMI LLC, said “Ms. Atlas brings to us experience, professionalism and an international profile and will be a major partner in expanding our representation of conductors and soloists and special projects.”
The Sheldon Office, known for representing several of the world’s leading international artists and for being a pre-eminent tour representative of the world’s major symphony Orchestras, will be known as the Sheldon/Atlas Office and will include conductors Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Ankush Kumar Bahl, Andris Poga and Markus Poschner as well as instrumentalists, Iveta Apkalna, Nicolas Dautricourt, Xiayin Wang and Xavier de Maistre currently managed by Ms. Atlas
Stefana Atlas’ experience includes working with Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic and Masur Music International and as consultant to Orchestre National de France. She has also served as consultant to the American Friends of the Mendelssohn Foundation, Senior Vice President of IMG Artists and founder and director of Bolero Artists Management.
R. Douglas Sheldon
Senior Vice President & Managing Director
Columbia Artists Management LLC
New York, NY 10019