There was music-biz consternation 18 months ago when Jaap Van Zweden, newly installed at the New York Philharmonic, fired the agent who lined up the deal, dumping Nick Mathias at IMG for Doug Sheldon at Columbia.
His departure left a huge hole in IMG finances and a big smile at Columbia.
Then Doug Sheldon disappeared. Columbia reassured its artists that nothing would change without him.
Jaap was not convinced.
He is now moving, or so we hear, to Michael Lewin in Vienna, alongside Kirill Petrenko, Philippe Jordan and Simone Young.
Columbia are hurting bad.
Jaap could be eyeing up a job in Europe, Amsterdam and Munich being the prime targets.