The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) is acquiring the London based management company Askonas Holt and welcoming the firm to its existing alliance with artist management company Opus 3 Artists and classical music label Pentatone.

The press release says that Askonas Holt Chief Executive Donagh Collins will serve as chief executive overseeing both management companies. As chief executive, Collins will be a member of the Business and Corporate Alliances Committee of the SFCM Board of Trustees.

SFCM President David Stull serves as chairman of the alliance and directs a joint leadership team charged with providing resources for collaboration, creative production, and the sustenance of healthy economic models. Robert Berretta remains managing director at Opus 3 Artists, alongside Chief Operating Officer Ben Maimin. Sean Hickey continues his role as managing director of Pentatone.

“The concept of growing this alliance emerged from the leadership at Opus 3 and blossomed into a shared vision through many conversations with our brilliant colleagues at Askonas Holt. The sheer talent and power of this new quartet of friends and partners promises to advance the cause of music at the highest level across the globe. It will create limitless opportunities for students, provide a creative playground for the world’s finest artists to advance their ideas, expand our capacity to capture and record important work, and allow us all to imagine and create our future together. I am thrilled to welcome Donagh and his colleagues to the team and look forward to many adventures ahead,” said Stull.

Enabled by private support, SFCM acquired New York- and Berlin-based Opus 3 Artists in October 2020 and Netherlands-based Pentatone in May 2022. In the time since, the alliance yielded several artist residency engagements and recordings, as well as a new Artist Apprentice Program.

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