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Biography
International Classical Artists has at its heart Van Walsum Management, a company established by Joeske van Walsum over thirty-five years ago. With a wealth of existing expertise in the worldwide management of artists, orchestral touring and the development of innovative projects, International Classical Artists is now building on Van Walsum’s illustrious legacy.

Core values include a flexible approach, a boutique nature allowing dedicated personal service and the hand tailoring of work to suit clients' needs. Our work encompasses every aspect of our artists’ professional lives. We believe in forging collaborative and creative partnerships and represent some of the most significant and stimulating artists of today.

The discovery of new talent is essential to what we do, and for more than three decades we are proud to have introduced audiences to a number of artists who have gone on to earn international recognition. Such artists include Yuri Bashmet, Mitsuko Uchida, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mariss Jansons and many more.

Van Walsum also made its name, and won a number of awards for innovation, through enterprising projects such as the worldwide Ligeti Clocks and Clouds, with Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, which set new industry standards. Our appetite for presenting ambitious, cutting edge projects has continued with other such highlights including Magnus Lindberg’s Related Rocks; taking the Mariinsky Theatre’s Ring Cycle under the baton of its Artistic Director, Valery Gergiev, to Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; and the Philharmonia Orchestra’s City of Dreams project – an award winning multi-disciplinary exploration into Viennese cultural life from 1900-1935 featuring Salonen, Uchida and Tetzlaff among others.

Stephen Wright acquired Van Walsum Management in September 2008 and set out to create a twenty-first century management agency that goes beyond the ‘booking agent’ of past decades to encompass total career planning, including the co-ordination of an artist’s audio and audiovisual recordings, broadcasts and the handling of digital rights as an essential part of the management process. Under new leadership the company has gone from strength to strength, forging new collaborative partnerships with the industry-leading audio visual digital platform medici.tv whilst continuing to focus on excellence in its worldwide management of artists, orchestral touring and the development of innovative projects.

Based in Waterloo, London, International Classical Artists today represents some of the world’s leading artists, ensembles and orchestras and operates around the world.
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