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Movers & Shakers: Kristin Lancino

December 3, 2013 | By Rebecca Schmid

Kristin Lancino
Executive Director
                       IMG Artists

If Kristin Lancino’s track record is any indication, IMG should have no problem keeping its artists happy, healthy, and au courant. Lancino, named last May as executive director, a position in which she will preside over North and South America, is well-respected in more than one sector of the industry. As a vice president at G. Schirmer, starting in 2007, she spearheaded the development of Schirmer on Demand, the first online score library built by an established publisher. The platform, including 500 large works by 20 composers such as Samuel Barber, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, and Aaron Jay Kernis, was acknowledged by ASCAP with its Arnold Broido Award for publishers in 2009.

Lancino has proven herself a savvy advocate not just for established names such as Terry Riley, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Tan Dun but helped sign younger figures such Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, and Nico Muhly. Prior to G. Schirmer, she ran her own consulting firm, developing programs for major institutions and musicians such as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, WQXR, James Conlon, and the Emerson String Quartet. The Emerson players have cited her “invaluable help” in setting up their first Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop and “the tireless support she has provided for contemporary music.”

She also served for 14 years at Carnegie Hall, culminating in a decade as director of artistic planning. Overseeing all programming and commissioning projects, she designed the Perspectives series for performers such as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, and Andras Schiff, and was involved in longterm artistic and budget planning for Zankel Hall in preparation for its opening in 2003. As Carnegie’s director of education from 1986 to 1994, she developed professional training workshops led by international artists such as Boulez, Alfred Brendel, and Marilyn Horne; renewed the tradition of family concerts; and directed the Carnegie Hall/Rockefeller International American Music Competition.

Asked for a comment about his new direct-report, IMG Artists President Jerry Inzerillo responded that Lancino not only possesses “superb strategic instincts and a profound understanding of performing arts management and operations, but is also a supportive and encouraging colleague and leader, who inspires the team through her dedication,  knowledge, and genuine spirit.”

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