According to Barrett Wissman, the digital age has created one problem that he is determined to solve.
Our focus on all that is digital has pulled us away from the in-person experience. As Co-Chairman of IMG Artists, he has been behind the organization of some of the greatest musical experiences and collaborations.
Robert Redford reciting poetry in perfect synchronicity with the strains of an orchestra; Jeremy Irons throwing his heart and soul into the role of Chopin while accompanied by a Chopin sonata; Anthony Hopkins receiving a standing ovation for his conducting his own works as a composer; Sting and Trudie Styler performing alongside some of the greatest classical musicians in the world as the passionate and turbulent couple, Robert and Clara Schumann.
His love affair with music started at a much earlier age than most with the piano virtuoso joining a symphony orchestra at the age of 10. Although he explored his options by studying economics and politics at Yale, music stayed close behind, with a pair of advanced degrees in music.
After leaving behind a high-profile career in Wall Street to embark on a journey in the entertainment industry which would redefine collaborations between artists of different backgrounds, he now launches Palm Springs Life Festival.
I was excited to be able to steal a few minutes of the very busy Barrett Wissman’s time to discuss his passion and artistry.