A conductor quits IMG

A conductor quits IMG


norman lebrecht

February 10, 2022

The hardworking German conductor Claus Peter Flor has joined a trickle of artists leaving the ever-troubled IMG agency.

He has joined Felsner Artists in Munich for global management.




  • Anonymous says:

    I had the great displeasure to meet CPF once. He was a first-rate something I can’t describe. The world would be better off without such arrogance and poor musicianship.

    • Anthony Sayer says:

      Hmm, must have caught him on an off-day. He can be quite tetchy on occasions but he has a heart of gold.

    • Clarrieu says:

      Fortunately, we in Toulouse experienced quite the contrary with Claus-Peter over the years, so let your post be what it is – the expression of your personal feelings only.

  • Achim Mentzel says:

    Troubled IMG? Everyone in this business knows it’s not about the name of the company, it’s about the agent who represents you. They have some of the most respected managers in the world working for very well recognized and successful artists.

    Likewise, everyone also knows that Markus Felsner is a sleeping pill among agents who has little to nothing going for him.

    • Sviatoslav Richter says:

      You are correct on the first point. On the second point, is that according to anybody other than yourself? Marcus Felsner manages a roster of highly-regarded musicians at all stages of their musical lives. Those names and their music can speak for themselves, as well as Mr. Felsner’s (perfectly intact) reputation. Your comment raises other questions–resent much?

  • Oxymoron says:

    Slippedisc has spent years talking negatively about CPF and his horrible ways at the Malaysian Philharmonic, but now he is a saint and IMG is again the enemy?

  • Karl says:

    I like his Martinu recordings.

  • Cantantelirico says:

    I saw a La Boheme he conducted in Dallas in 2003. It was a disaster.

  • Pedro says:

    I remember a quite good Bruckner 7 at the Berlin Konzerthaus two or three years before the Wall went down. A few years later, a Schubert 9 was not so impressive.

  • Evan Tucker says:

    That’s a shame. I think Flor is magnificent and deserves a far larger career.

  • ex-mpo says:

    CPF is still around? There was not much press about him since the debacle in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian Philharmonic, a once fine orchestra, which now basically does not exist anymore. Flors time as music director there was a major step in this negative development.
    To be fair he is not a particularly bad musician or conductor, rather solid average in this department. There are some good recordings – nothing recent though.
    But boy, what a piece of work when it comes to personality, arrogance, intimidation , harassment and scheming.

  • Former MPO says:

    Spent several miserable years working with him. Unpleasant, and really brought the artistic level of the orchestra down before the place eventually “burnt to the ground”. (Still burning what little embers are left ! ) Perhaps he learned a few lessons before Toulouse – glad things improved.