New York based Columbia Artists Management Inc., one of the leading agencies representing classical music performers, says it is shutting down on August 31. A statement emailed Saturday to their artists says: « It is with a heavy heart that, having endured a prolonged pandemic environment, we must announce that effective August 31, 2020, Columbia Artists Management, Inc. will close its doors. Throughout our 90-year history in supporting the arts and artists in New York and around the world, it’s been a joy to be your advocates in your careers.  We still believe in every one of you and your creations and are hopeful that the world will come back performing and creating like never before.

Columbia Artists has engaged with a fiduciary to enter into an assignment for the benefit of creditors, a form of insolvency proceeding where assets are liquidated, and claims addressed in an orderly manner.  We are working tirelessly to provide each of you individual, concrete guidance on your specific situation over the coming days.  In addition, we’re working together with the fiduciary to see a safe place to land for your Columbia Artists relationship. »

The company is representing artists like Seiji Ozawa, Valery Gergiev, Markus Poschner, Christoph Koenig, Maurizio Pollini, Anne-Sophie-Mutter, Khatia Buniatishvili, Nicholas Angelich, Christian Zacharias, Menahem Pressler, Gidon Kremer and many more.

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