Obituary: Lee Lamont, pioneering artist manager, 86

Posted on: February 16, 2018

“Lenore ‘Lee’ Tagliamonte, known professionally as Lee Lamont, died in her sleep the morning of February 13,” writes Nicholas Beard in Friday’s (2/16) Musical America (subscription required). “She was 86. Among the very first women to break the glass ceiling in artists management, or any field for that matter, Ms. Lamont served as president of ICM Artists, now Opus 3, from 1985-95, having arrived at the firm in 1976 after working for Columbia Artists and Isaac Stern. She started in the management field in 1955 working for Sol Hurok Concerts and slowly but steadily worked her way up the corporate ladder. Among the artists with whom she was associated were Claudio Arrau, James Galway, Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Wynton Marsalis, Yefim Bronfman, Sarah Chang, and others. After the ICM presidency, she remained active in the field, taking the title of Chairman Emeritus in 2002. According to Opus 3, her aim was to ‘bring the fields of music and dance closer to the general public.’ ” Lamont was predeceased by her husband, musician August Tagliamonte, and is survived by her daughter, Leslie Lamont.

Lee Lamont was an active supporter of the League of American Orchestras for many years, and served on the League’s Board of Directors from 1991 to 2000. The League sends its heartfelt condolences to Lamont’s family and the many people in the classical-music field who knew her.

Posted February 16, 2018