• Board
  • Donagh Collins

    Chief Executive [email protected]
    +44 (0)20 7400 1718
  • Board
  • Donagh Collins

    Chief Executive

    Born in Dublin in 1974, Donagh moved to London in 1999 to work at Askonas Holt, starting as an Administrator in our Tours & Projects Department and subsequently managed that department. Donagh joined Askonas Holt’s Board of Directors in 2007, and took over as Chief Executive in 2014.

    Donagh studied piano and cello at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and subsequently studied Mechanical Engineering at University College Dublin. A passionate advocate of youth orchestras, Donagh was in turn a member, manager and director of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, and is currently a Trustee of the NYOGB. He is married, with two lovely daughters.

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  • Sean Michael Gross

    Director, Global Head of Strategy & Innovation [email protected]
    +44 (0)20 7400 1790
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  • Sean Michael Gross

    Director, Global Head of Strategy & Innovation

    Sean joined Askonas Holt in late 2018 in the newly created role of Director, Global Head of Strategy & Innovation, becoming the first external hire immediately to join the Board of Directors and embarking on a mission to strengthen and expand the company’s offer to clients.

    Prior to his arrival in London, Sean served as Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer at 21C Media Group in New York, where he spearheaded the firm’s transformation into a fully integrated public relations and digital agency and forged relationships with some of the world’s most prominent artists. His contributions enabled 21C and its clients to thrive in a rapidly changing environment and led to his being named one of Musical America’s 30 Professionals of the Year in 2017.

    A frequent guest speaker on the arts and media, Sean has lectured at conferences ranging from MIDEM to the League of American Orchestras, as well as served on the guest faculty of Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Born in Los Angeles, Sean spent his formative years in Knoxville, Tennessee, where his love of music was nurtured by local jazz musicians. Upon graduating with honours from New York University in 2005, he began his career working at IMG Artists in New York.

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  • Conductors & Instrumentalists
  • Singers
  • Mark Hildrew

    Executive Director [email protected]
    +44 (0)20 7400 1730
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  • Conductors & Instrumentalists
  • Singers
  • Mark Hildrew

    Executive Director

    Mark joined Lies Askonas as a Director in May 1994, becoming a Director of Askonas Holt in December 1998, and succeeding to Executive Director in January 2014. Born in Cambridge and educated at Kings College, University of London BMus and AKC, Mark has been working as an artist manager since 1984. He has managed many major artists including Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Maxim Vengerov, Boris Berezovsky, Frans Brüggen, Angela Gheorghiu, Elīna Garanča, and for more than 25 years has had a very close collaboration with artists from the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus and the Republics of Armenia and Georgia. Mark enjoys time in Italy in the sun with good food and wine.

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  • Conductors & Instrumentalists
  • Gaetan Le Divelec

    Director [email protected]
    +44 (0)20 7400 1741
    Languages: Flag
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  • Conductors & Instrumentalists
  • Gaetan Le Divelec

    Director

    Gaetan was born in Nantes, France, and has lived in London since 1986. In 1991, he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and went on to Canada for a 6-months residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Until joining Askonas Holt in 1999, he worked in London as a freelance oboist. In 2011, he was awarded an ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for his services to music. He currently serves as trustee of the Young Classical Artist Trust and director of the International Artist Manager’s Association. Gaetan’s hobbies include theatre, cycling and mountain hiking.