Three cheers and congratulations to Kathryn Enticott, Association of British Orchestras/Rhinegold Artist Manager of the Year. The award honours people who make an outstanding contribution to the success of the UK’s classical music-making, and was presented at the ABO Conference Gala on 26 January at the Bournemouth Pavilion. The event was hosted by Classic FM presenter Anne-Marie Minhall.

The ABO writes:

“The winner of the ABO/Rhinegold Artist Manager of the Year award is Kathryn Enticott. A popular and respected manager, Kathryn has been at the forefront of her profession for many years. Whilst at IMG Artists, she launched and built the careers of a number of now leading soloists and conductors including pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, with whom she has been working for twenty-five years. Few can fail to have been impressed by his ‘Beethoven Journey’, which Kathryn conceived and planned with Andsnes, culminating in a sold-out series of concerts at the 2015 BBC Proms. That same year, she set-up her own boutique company, Enticott Music Management*. This gave her the freedom to explore additional creative passions and to develop new endeavours within the performing arts, including Andsnes’ first Rosendal Chamber Music Festival in Norway last year, which simply wouldn’t have been possible without her dedication and commitment.

“Kathryn also has a proven track record of managing and mentoring young artists, allowing them to develop their artistic potential in a non-pressurized environment. It is little wonder then that the 2016 BBC Young Musician, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, surely a star in the making, decided to sign with Enticott Music Management, rather than looking to a bigger company.

“Kathryn has earned the respect and admiration of orchestras and presenters, who appreciate that she has a deep understanding and empathy for the challenges they face. She is an excellent partner, and whilst always representing the best interests of her artists, works tirelessly to find solutions for partners too, and to bring projects to fruition.”

*Artist Management in Association with IMG Artists