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Terry Harrison, classical music agent – obituary

Terry Harrison in 2009 at the Yankee Stadium in New York
Terry Harrison in 2009 at the Yankee Stadium in New York

Terry Harrison, who has died aged 79, was agent and confidant for a small but prized list of classical musicians, including the pianists András Schiff and Radu Lupu and the cellist Miklós Perényi. One of his most notorious clients was André Tchaikowsky, the eccentric pianist and composer who left his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company to be used in performances of Hamlet.

Tchaikowsky, no relation to the famous Russian composer, would have been a handful for any agent and matters were not helped by his close relationship with Harrison’s estranged wife, Evelyn. Tchaikowsky would accept concert engagements and then change the programme, alter his travel arrangements without informing Harrison, and fail to turn up for appointments. On one occasion Harrison, his counsellor, banker and friend, sent the pianist a furious handwritten note demanding: “Stop being so egocentric and subjective.”...

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