Wilfrid Van Wyck

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Wilfrid Van Wyck (16 November 1904 – 13 October 1983, in Woking,[1] Surrey) was a British classical music artists impresario and manager through his agency, Wilfrid Van Wyck Ltd, based in London. He was the second president of the European Association of Artist Managers.[2]


Van Wyck was the concert agent for cellists André Navarra, Aldo Parisot and János Starker; pianists Arthur Rubinstein, Witold Malcuzynski, Janina Fialkowska, Robert Casadesus and Ken Sasaki; soprano Victoria de los Ángeles; Kirsten Flagstad,[3] the Beaux Arts Trio, Guarneri String Quartet, Fine Arts Quartet;[4] the Utah Symphony Orchestra, then conducted by Maurice Abravanel,[5] and many other artists and ensembles.

Wilfrid Van Wyck was also a partner in Rimington Van Wyck Ltd,[6] a London record store[7] and publisher[8] at 42–43 Cranbourn Street,[9] Leicester Square, London. He retired in 1970.[3] His agency was purchased by London Management, part of the Grade Organisation.

Annabelle Whitestone, a former secretary who worked for Van Wyck in the late 1960s,[10] described him as a "difficult man" who was "very possessive about his artists."


  1. ^ "Abstract: 1983 deaths". The Musical Times, Vol. 125, No. 1691, p. 44. January 1984. Germaine Tailleferre, the French composer, died in Paris on 6 November; ... Wilfrid van Wyck, the impresario and artists' agent, died in Woking on 13 October; he was 78.  (JSTOR)
  2. ^ "About AEAA". Association Européenne des Agents Artistiques (European Association of Artist Managers). 
  3. ^ a b Ann Van Wyck (15 February 2005). "Lives remembered". The Times. London. My father, Wilfrid Van Wyck, was always immensely proud to have been a manager of Victoria de los Ángeles from the outset of her career in the UK at the end of the 1940s, until he retired in the 1970s. 
  4. ^ University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Archives. "Fine Arts Quartet. Records, 1910–1989". 
  5. ^ "The First International Tour: September 9 – October 2, 1966". Maurice Abravanel website. 
  6. ^ "Chronological Discography – Non commercial discs 1941–1944". Michael Tippett website. 1941 Fantasy Sonata for Piano. Phyllis Sellick. Recorded by Decca for Rimington Van Wyck Ltd. 2 double sided and one single sided 12" 78 rpm records. 78: RIMINGTON VAN WYCK 108 – 11OS. 
  7. ^ "Obituary: Patrick Saul (1913–1999)" (PDF). Playback, the bulletin of the British Library Sound Archive, p. 6. Spring 2000. ISSN 0952-2360. One afternoon in 1930 a young music-lover went into the London gramophone shop, Cranbourn Street, run by Mr Wilfrid Van Wyck and Mr W. Rimington… 
  8. ^ Richard Holt, biography of Nikolai Medtner: Medtner and his music: A tribute to a great Russian composer. London: Rimington, Van Wyck. 1948, 24 pages. ASIN B0007JCB60.
  9. ^ Kurtz Myers (September 1946). "Current Report on the Record Industry". Notes, 2nd Series, Vol. 3, No. 4. Rimington, Van Wyck, Ltd. 42–43 Cranbourn Street, London, England 121.  (JSTOR doi:10.2307/890421)
  10. ^ Harvey Sachs. Rubinstein: A Life. Chapter 7. New York: Grove Press, 1995. Hardcover first edition: ISBN 0-8021-1579-9, ISBN 978-0-8021-1579-9.