Since 1991, Andrew J. Kwan has developed and cultivated his agency, Andrew Kwan Artists Management Inc. (AKAM) to continue its initial goal: the successful career development of Canadian artists both domestically and internationally. He represents many of Canada's finest classical instrumentalists--Jane Coop, Gryphon Trio, Anagnoson & Kinton, to name a few. It remains the philosophy that AKAM represents artists of the highest calibre, and is totally committed to the nurturing of these artists. AKAM continues to provide management services, tour management, and production support for the artists on the roster as well as a variety of artists and special projects.
In addition to his management firm, Andrew has served as an advisor or panellist to the arts councils of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, The Canada Council, and the Honens International Piano Competition. He also enjoys being an educator on the subject of career development for young artists. In Canada, he has been invited to present workshops at many provincial conferences as well as lecture at various universities. Internationally, he has been invited to hold workshops in Ohio, California, and the European Access Symposium in Brussels, Belgium. In 2005, he advised and contributed to The Canada Council for the Arts online publication artsontour.ca, a guide for touring artists and concert presenters.
Andrew has been on the faculty of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School since 1996 as the Humanities Department representative. At The Glenn Gould School, he offers courses on career management and communications. He is also on the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, lecturing on the business of music. Prior to entering the artists management industry, he held a business administrative position at The Royal Conservatory and a financial analyst role in Toronto. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics as well as a Non-Profit Management and Leadership Diploma, both from York University. He also holds diplomas in piano performance from The Royal Conservatory and Trinity College (London, England), whereby he is a fellow of the College.
You can contact Professor Kwan through e-mail at: [email protected]
Additional information can be found on his website: http://www.andrewkwanartists.com