Lee Lamont 1932-2018


Lenore Tagliamonte, known to the world of Classical music by her professional name, Lee Lamont, passed away quietly in her sleep in the early morning hours of Feb 13, 2018, at the age of 86. Prior to retirement in 2002, she had devoted more than forty years to nurturing, guiding and supporting classical musicians and performing artists. She entered arts management in 1955 joining Sol Hurok Concerts. She subsequently worked at Columbia Artists and for Isaac Stern, the violinist. She came to ICM Artists in 1976, serving as president from 1985 until 1995. She continued to be active in artist management until 2002, when she assumed the title of Chairman Emeritus. In the 1980s and 90s, she helped break the “glass ceiling” at a time when women chief executives in the business world were extremely rare. In the course of her career, she was closely associated with such great artists as Isaac Stern, Claudio Arrau, James Galway, Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Wynton Marsalis, Yefim Bronfman, Sarah Chang, and many others.

Her aim, she said, was “to bring the fields of music and dance closer to the general public.”

She was admired and respected by those fortunate enough to have known her: the artists whose careers she guided with passion and perseverance; the many arts presenters and symphony orchestras who respected her opinions, fairness and business acumen; and especially by her co-workers who sought her counsel and found her willing to listen with wisdom and discretion. She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, August Tagliamonte. We will miss her dearly and send our condolences to her family and loving daughter Leslie Lamont.