Wilford, Ronald A.
- Thomas Willis
(b Salt Lake City, UT, Nov 4, 1927). American artist manager. He attended the University of Utah, then moved to New York in 1949 and in 1953 founded Ronald A. Wilford and Associates. He joined Columbia Artists Management, Inc. (CAMI), in 1958 as general manager of its Broadway Theater division; at the same time he continued to be active as an independent manager and soon acquired a reputation for shrewdness. Among his early clients were Marcel Marceau, Régine Crespin, Nicolai Gedda, Rita Gorr, and Aldo Ciccolini, all of whom made their American debuts under his management. In 1962 he created his own division within CAMI, bringing his private clients under its auspices. After being named president in 1971, Wilford adopted a policy of increased specialization, diversification, and overall expansion; in 2010 the company was managing the careers of more than 1000 conductors, singers, and instrumentalists in the world of classical music. CAMI also has begun to represent a small number of popular musicians. The company has long been involved in the production of special events and television production. Wilford’s own interests as a manager center on conductors and music directors, and among his clients are many leaders of major symphony orchestras in the United States. In his sixth decade of artist management, Wilford serves as chairman and CEO of CAMI....