Shaw, (Francis) Harold
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(b Hebron, NY, June 11, 1923). American artist manager. He studied piano, violin, cello, and acting before attending Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, in 1942. In 1944, while completing his education at Columbia University and the New York University extension division, he began work for the concert management firm of Sol Hurok; he stayed there for 25 years, managing such artists as Maureen Forrester, George Shirley, Julian Bream, and John Ogdon. In 1969, after the acquisition of Hurok’s company by Transcontinental Investing Corp., he founded Shaw Concerts, Inc., taking his contract artists with him, the move marking a loosening in the control of concert music by large conglomerate management firms formed during the Depression. By 1974 the Shaw firm was the largest individually owned concert management organization in the United States. After Hurok’s death that year, Shaw Concerts took over the entire Hurok artist list, but later the representation was shared with ICM Artists (founded ...