Death of trailblazing US agent, 92

Death of trailblazing US agent, 92


norman lebrecht

April 06, 2020

We have been informed of the death of Douglas Schwalbe, founder of the agency that bore his name and one of the first to import early-music revolutionaries from Europe to the US.

Among them were the Academy of Ancient Music with Christopher Hogwood, Roger Norrington’s Beethoven Experience, Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert, The Consort of Music, and many more.

He was particularly close to the soprano Emma Kirkby and the conductor Nicholas McGegan.

Doug retired in 2014.



  • Robert King says:

    A lovely man: cultured, erudite, kind, witty, far-seeing and knowledgeable well beyond the music which he loved – a true gentleman. He did a huge amount to foster period instrument performance in North America. Thank you so much, Doug.

    Requiescat in pace.

  • Gene Gaudette says:

    Very saddened by this news. He loved music and the performing arts, and was one of the most gentlemanly deal-makers on New York’s music scene.