IMG Artists and Jennifer Spencer Consultancy are delighted to announce that they have signed Angus Webster for general management. He will be represented by Jennifer Spencer from the company’s London office.
Angus was awarded both the joint top prize and the orchestral prize at the 2018 Jorma Panula International Conducting Competition in Finland.
He has recently been selected as one of the first two Salonen Fellows in the Negaunee Conducting Program at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and will start his studies in September 2019. This is a new, pre-professional conducting program at the Colburn School, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen and in partnership with the Philharmonia where Salonen is Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor. The program provides full tuition, room and board scholarships plus personal mentorship with Salonen to a handful of outstanding young conductors.
The Colburn School and Philharmonia Orchestra will not only establish significant podium opportunities for the Salonen Fellows to lead the Colburn Orchestra and the Philharmonia, but the Fellows will also serve as assistant conductors to Salonen for his engagements with the Philharmonia, other orchestras, opera houses, tours, and festivals.
Esa-Pekka Salonen said, “I’m very excited to be launching the Negaunee Conducting Program at the Colburn School. It’s been a long-term hope of mine to develop something that offers hands-on experience for young conductors. What makes this special is the collaboration between the Philharmonia and the School, bridging the gap from Conservatory to professional music-making.”
Praised by orchestras for his inspiring musicianship, British conductor and pianist Angus Webster is one of the most promising young musicians of his generation.
Born in 1999, Angus spent his childhood in Cornwall and began his musical studies aged six with piano lessons from Elena Needham. Aged nine, he started producing and presenting a classical music programme live on local radio in Cornwall and, only three years later, Angus made his conducting début with Cornwall Youth Orchestra. He subsequently became their principal conductor, and together they went on to receive national acclaim and performed at many prestigious venues, including Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Angus is also a passionate chamber musician and enjoys collaborating as a pianist with many outstanding young musicians from around the world. He has studied piano with Alasdair Beatson at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, viola with Tim Boulton, conducting with Patrick Bailey, and chamber music with Ferenc Rados and Rita Wagner at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove.