Laurence Wasserman died on January 26, 2017 in New York City at the age of 82 after a long illness.
Mr. Wasserman retired from Thea Dispeker, Inc. in 2006, having been with the agency since 1960. He became the President of the agency in 1998. Prior to joining Thea Dispeker, Larry worked as Assistant Director of the former Brooklyn Philharmonic.
Larry had a special ability to nurture and promote young artists and was largely credited with the growth of Thea Dispeker into one of the most prestigious artist management firms in the country. Some of the artists Larry directly worked with include Martina Arroyo, Judith Blegen, Barbara Bonney, Faye Robinson, Richard Leech, Håkan Hagegård, D’Anna Fortunato, Wendy White, Jon Garrison, Kevin McMillan, Malcom Smith, Steven Tharp and Kevin Deas.
Larry was born in Mineola, New York and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from New York University in 1956 with a degree in Music. He is survived by his sister Helene Miller, nieces Valerie and Faith, and nephews Theodore and Noah.
Quotes from artists:
To Larry, my beloved friend, brilliant manager, trusted consigliere, and occasional psychotherapist. I know that I would never have found the wonderful balance of success and happiness that I have enjoyed in my career, and in my life, without Larry’s unique brand of guidance and partnership.
Larry, thank you for all of it, and for always bringing to the party your generous spirit, your easygoing humor, and that impeccable sense of honor. You were one of a kind, Sir. You will be missed, but never forgotten.” Richard Leech
"I owe Larry my life. He was a dear friend, a mentor, a protector, an astute manager, a father figure, and a kindred lover of great art." Kevin McMillan
"For many years Larry was my mentor and manager, and also my friend. I remember fondly his wonderful sense of humor and his kindness and hospitality at his home in the Berkshires. He was always a gentleman, always fair and honest in his dealings with both artists and presenters. He is deeply missed." Steven Tharp