Valery Gergiev changes agent

Valery Gergiev changes agent


norman lebrecht

December 25, 2020

The former Opus3 Europe boss Marcus Felsner, now based in Munich, has pulled out a plum on Christmas Day.

Felsner has announced the addition of Valery Gergiev ‘for international representation’ to his growing list of artists.

Gergiev said: ‘Reaching worldwide audiences through new media channels and protecting artists’ legacies have become critically important. Marcus’ background in law, business administration and the non-profit sector, and his understanding of the arts are a particularly valuable combination.’

This is his second change of agency in a month, having previously signed on with Doug Sheldon’s phoenix start-up in the US.

Felsner will mind the shop for Gergiev during prolonged absences from the Munich Philharmonic, where he is music director.

Will Gergiev pay a commission? Unlikely. His name on the masthead is worth more to an agent than 10% of fees.




  • Mark (London) says:

    Gergiev needs an agent ? Seems sort of guy who’s do all his stuff direct

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    CAMI must have made millions out of him.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    More like a first change in a long time: from CAMI/Sheldon to Sheldon’s new agency is a transition for Sheldon, not for Gergiev.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    “Will Gergiev pay a commission? Unlikely.”
    Have you ever worked with an agent, Norman? They NEVER miss a fee. They’re like lawyers.

  • Omar Goddknowe says:

    Hopefully his new agents will talk some sense into him about his schedule.

  • Fliszt says:

    Plus la change, plus la meme chose…