Obituary: Artist manager Byron Gustafson, 56

Posted on: December 3, 2010

In Wednesday’s (12/1) Duluth News Tribune (Minnesota), Christa Lawler writes, “A Duluth Central graduate who went on to have a successful career as a managing partner in a firm that managed musical performers died Nov. 22 in his home in Manhattan. Byron Gustafson, whose company Opus 3 Artists managed the careers and tours of artists like Suzanne Vega and Patti LuPone, was 56.” In addition to his work with a wide variety of orchestras and classical artists, the article reports that “Gustafson was instrumental in bringing several classical musicians to perform as guest artists with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra—including the violinist Midori in 2005. He retired in September 2009 with complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease. … Andrew Berryhill, the executive director of the DSSO, knew Gustafson professionally, and said he was a pleasure to work with. ‘I always knew he was someone I could call and have a good discussion about artists,’ Berryhill said. Gustafson managed violinist Tai Murray, and pianists Orli Shaham and Joyce Yang, who also have appeared with the DSSO.” For more information about Byron Gustafson, visit the Opus 3 website.

Posted December 3, 2010