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Artists lament well-liked CAMI agent

Denise Pineau, who managed the Beaux Arts Trio and, previously as Doug Sheldon’s assistant, helped out many others, has died of ovarian cancer at the age of 59. She workedat the office almost to the end and sang with gusto, as soloist and in several choirs.

Here’s the announcement:




Denise Ann Pineau, 59, of Weehawken, N.J., and Plymouth, Mass., died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Riverdale, N.Y., after a 21-month battle with ovarian cancer. Born Oct. 2, 1953 in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Florence (McGonigle) and Eldon “Al” Pineau, and the sister of the late Diane Marie (Pineau) Ireland. Her family moved to Plymouth in 1965 and she attended thePlymouth schools, graduating from Plymouth-Carver Regional High School with the Class of 1971. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music from Wheaton College and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Boston University.



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She had worked for 16 years, the last eight as a vice president, with Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI), an international leader in managing the careers and touring activities of the world’s most prominent performinartists and institutions. She began her business career with Barnes & Noble in Boston and moved to New York City more than 25 years ago to manage the music departments of that company’s largest stores in the northeast U.S. Over the years, she was also employed with Trans World Music Corp.; the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, consulting on the Congressionally proclaimed “September in Classical Music Month” campaigns; and American International Artists/Ocean Records. While she chose to concentrated her career on the business side of the music industry, she also continued to sing, appearing with many groups and organizations, among them the Baldwin Festival Chorus in New York, of which she was a founding member, and the Dessoff Choirs in New York. She also performed as a soloist with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Massachusetts and in recitals and cabarets across the New York City area. 


Denise will be remembered not only for her exceptional musical talent and business acumen but, by family, friends and colleagues, for her dedication and work ethic, loyalty and compassion, independence and bravery, her zest for life and her distinctive and always contagious laugh.  


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  1. Leonard Slatkin says:

    Denise was of noble heart and deed. Her courageous battle was lost in the end but she left all of us with hope. Her spirit, love of music and gentle soul will be missed by all of us who knew her.

  2. Doug Sheldon says:

    Denise was in fact a Vice President at CAMI and a manager of artists working very closely with Marilyn Horne, Leonard Slatkin, Nelson Friere, Vadim Repin and Michael Francis to name a few. She was a partner in my office and was a great professional, a superb human being and a passionate and knowledgeable music lover. It was great to be associated with her and to have her friendship. Doug Sheldon

  3. Very sad to hear this news, such a sad loss to the profession. One lovely lady who will be missed.

  4. Gautier Capucon says:

    We all loved Denise so much, she had so much strengh in the past year and was so courageous.
    I Will Never Forget her beautiful smile and spirit
    We Will miss You Denise…

  5. Denise was a wonderful colleague, a much loved friend and a superb manager – her first loyalty was always to her artists. Her passing has left a great void in my life – I will miss her gorgeous sense of humour, her indomitable spirit, and her passionate love of music.

  6. Denise was my beloved Rose. See obit:

  7. So very sad. I met Denise at conferences sharing wonderful conversations about music. What I remember is how vibrant and positive her energy was, even though we did not know each other beyond those brief encounters. She would draw many people to her, and I am sure those with whom she worked during her lifetime will feel her passing but will remember her for the great person she was in their lives.

  8. Stephen Cera says:

    This news is shocking and terribly sad. I worked with Denise to bring the Beaux Arts Trio to Toronto on several occasions during the 1990s. She was a considerate and sensitive colleague, and her gentle spirit was unforgettable.

  9. Heartbreaking news. I worked with Denise over the last 7 years. She was straightforward and no-nonsense but had such a huge heart and wholly evident passion of music and for the artists she represented.

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