Then HarrisonParrott agency, which this weekend announced the retirement of its flagship star Vladmir Ashkenazy, has quietly put out the word that the Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki has quit. The wording is interesting:
Harrison Parrott are sad to announce that Susanna Mälkki has decided to move her management to FidelioArts with immediate effect.
It goes on:
We are very proud to have been her managers and partners from the very beginning of her career more than 20 years ago… We take pride that her international career is now at the highest level around the world…. we wish her every success in the next chapters of her life.
With immediate effect.
FidelioArts is the boutique agency that looks after Dudamel, Salonen and Paolo Bortolameolli.
It lost the young Frenchman Lionel Bringuier last month to HarrisonParrott. There’s no love lost between two agencies.
Ashkenazy’s retirement moment must have been a good day for HP to bury bad news.