R. Douglas Sheldon, Senior Vice President and Director of Columbia Artists Management LLC is one of the best known and most respected artist managers in the field of classical music, managing some of the world's preeminent artists and ensembles, and known especially for his work with symphony orchestras. The New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, [Kirov] Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Budapest Festival Orchestra, China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and Vienna Symphony are a few of the orchestras he represents in a long list that has also included the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Cleveland, Minnesota and Saint Louis Orchestras.
He represents conductors Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Vladimir Spivakov and has worked closely on touring projects with Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur and Dennis Russell Davies. He has represented Anne-Sophie Mutter since 1986, and also represents violinists Vadim Repin and Vladimir Spivakov. He has managed some of the greatest opera singers of the 20th century, including Teresa Berganza, Grace Bumbry, and Justino Diaz and presently represents Marilyn Horne
Active in chamber music, he represented the Beaux Arts Trio, which retired from the stage in 2008 after 53 seasons, has arranged chamber music tours for pianist Martha Argerich, represents the Mutter-Previn-Harrell piano trio and the Mutter-Bashmet-Harrell string trio and now works with the rising young stars, the Capuçon-Angelich Piano Trio.
Always interested in young artists, he introduced pianist Yundi Li (the 2000 Chopin Competition Gold Medallist) to the United States and now oversees the development of Olga Kern, the 2001 Cliburn Competition Gold Medallist; Denis Matsuev, the 1998 Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medallist; Alexei Volodin, the 2003 Geza Anda Competition Gold Medallist and one of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation young artists, Roman Patkaló.
Mr. Sheldon joined Columbia Artists in 1966 and has served in many capacities in addition to his responsibilities as Senior Vice President and Director: booking representative, National Booking Director, Artist Manager, Attraction Producer and Manager, Director of Corporate and Artists Publicity. He has served on the committees to create an in-house travel agency, to streamline budgeting and reporting systems, to review travel and entertainment, to review all touring and production budgets, and to relocate the CAMI offices after nearly 50 years in the legendary 57th Street location across from Carnegie Hall.
In pursuit of diversity in his career Mr. Sheldon founded the Ames International Orchestra Festival (1969), organized the first-ever coliseum tour of the Boston Pops (1972), presented the debut US tour of André Rieu & the Johann Strauss Orchestra (1997), toured the legendary Salzburg Marionette Theatre, and for a period 20 years beginning in 1986, managed The Boys Choir of Harlem.
His activities now take him around the world on a regular basis, to Russia, China, Japan, Asia, and Europe. He has taken the New York Philharmonic and Anne-Sophie Mutter to China and Japan on frequent tours and recently the Pittsburgh Symphony on a tour of China and Taiwan. He oversees the careers of Valery Gergiev and Leonard Slatkin. He consults regularly on all international projects of the ‘Kirov' companies of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Mr. Sheldon, class of 1959, was an honor student at Sidney Central School (Sidney, New York) and was the record-setting Achievement Award winner in both his junior and senior years. He participated in football, basketball, baseball and track plus band, choir and the newspaper. He was a Student Council Officer and one of the first American Exchange Students abroad (American Field Service). While in elementary school he began as song leader in the First Baptist Church in Sidney and while in high school he led the band as student leader.
He graduated from Hamilton College (Clinton, New York) in 1963 with honors having participated in track and in intramural sports, having written for the college newspaper and having served as manager, soloist and the college's only student conductor of the well-known Hamilton College Choir. He was an officer in Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and led that fraternity to win the Inter Fraternity Sing silver cup three consecutive years.
He attended Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island) for graduate work, where he was Conductor of the Brown Freshmen Glee Club and Assistant Conductor and soloist of the Brown University & Pembroke College Glee Clubs before returning to Hamilton College as Visiting Instructor, to lead the Hamilton College Choir in seven different programs including the Bach B minor Mass with the Paris Chamber Orchestra and preparation of the Poulenc Gloria for the Syracuse Symphony. On tour he and the choir appeared on Educational Television in Buffalo, New York and sang in St. Thomas Cathedral, New York, the Huntington Hartford Museum in New York, the Smith College Chapel and venues in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit.
R. Douglas Sheldon was born July 19, 1941 in Cold Spring on the Hudson, New York. His parents, Ray D. and Emma Belle were both public school teachers who dedicated their lives to education, school activities, volunteer work for church, school, hospital, children's health, conservation and the Audubon Society. The family with siblings Stuart Burke and Christina Rae moved to Sidney, N.Y. in 1945 where they established a family home until the passing of Ray in 2002 and Emma Belle in 2007.
Doug Sheldon while in high school participated in all sports and all musical and student organizations and spent summers as a lifeguard at LeTourneau Camp on Canandaigua Lake in upstate New York. During his collegiate years at Hamilton College he spent summers as Director of the Sidney Municipal Swimming teaching all nine swim strokes and Junior and Senior Lifesaving, all courses required for qualification as a Water Safety Instructor. While in graduate school at Brown University his summers were spent working on assembly lines for Dupont Chemical in Perth Amboy, N.J. and Allen Industries in Rahway, New Jersey.
Mr. Sheldon married Eileen Yencik in 1963 and had three children: R. Douglas Jr., Kirsten Aline, and Alexandra McQueen. Grandchildren respectively are Ian Douglas and Emma Grace; Jason Robert Savarese; and Nicholas Patrick and Emily Rae. He joined Columbia Artists Management in 1966 where he serves as director, manager and Senior Vice President and maintains the family home in Colonia, N. J.
In 1965-66 he worked for the Rochester Philharmonic (Rochester, New York) in general administration, scheduling, touring, advertising, program preparation, artists negotiation and repertoire before beginning his career in New York City at Columbia Artists Management LLC. During the last part of his stay in Rochester, he was also conductor of the Park Avenue Baptist Church.