For the first time in living memory, the BSO music director is not a client of Columbia Artists Management Inc. CAMI has not just held the baton contract in Boston since forever, it has been responsible for a disproportionate number of guest conductor and soloist engagements.
Ronald Wilford, its director, had hoped to implant Roccardo Chailly as James Levine’s successor, but the Italian’s debut was cancelled for health reasons. Other CAMI candidates failed to pass muster.
The new music director does not even have a US agent. Andris Nelsons is represented out of Germany by Cornelia Schmid, managing partner of Konzertdirektion Schmid. That marks quite a sea-change in the business practice of US orchestras.