MALTA INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION 2018
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R. Douglas Sheldon
R. Douglas Sheldon, chairman of the board of directors of Columbia Artists Management Inc. has served as one of the best known and most respected artist managers in the international field of classical music for the better part of five decades.
He represents some of the world’s preeminent artists and ensembles: The New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, London Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, China Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig to name a few and also conductors Jaap van Zweden, Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Juanjo Mena, Thierry Fischer, and soloists Anne-Sophie Mutter, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, Dennis Matsuev, Khatia Buniatishvili, Lucas Debargue, Olga Kern and Menahem Pressler.
In 2015 the Sarasate International Violin Competition invited Mr. Sheldon to be the President of the International Jury and to choose the panel of jurors and set the rules of the competition and at the same time to conduct two cathedral concerts of the 100 voice Orfeon in works of Brahms, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, Bruckner, Faure, Casals as well as Spirituals on the occasion of Orfeon’s 150 anniversary. Since then he has chaired the jury of the Montreal Symphony’s Manulife Competitions for Strings and Organ, has serves as Jury Member for the Olga Kern International Piano Competition and the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montreal Piano Competition.
Mr. Sheldon served as Vice Chair of the White Nights Foundation of America from 2004-2013, dedicated to the betterment of cultural understanding and awareness and economic interaction between America and Russia and to supporting the performing ensembles (Ballet, Opera and Orchestra) of the famed Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in its activities in the United States.
His conducting activities include music director of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Perth Amboy New Jersey since 1976, conductor of the Hamilton College Men’s Reunion choir since 1980, and conductor of the Baldwin Festival Chorus of New York since 2008. He has served as guest conductor of the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia and of the University Glee Club of New York.
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