Rachel van Walsum Rachel van Walsum is Director and co-founder of Maestro Arts, an interdisciplinary agency providing strategic and comprehensive career management, world wide, to an elite array of international artists within the worlds of classical music and performing arts. After graduating in 1987 with a BA in Music, Rachel joined the BBC World Service as a Studio Manager supervising live radio broadcasts and making arts and magazine programmes. The demands of the World Service night shifts finally influenced her decision to leave and take on a temporary job as Concerts Manager at the Aldeburgh Festival, where she was subsequently promoted to Press Officer of Aldeburgh Productions. At the end of 1993 Rachel was appointed Head of Public Affairs of the Bournemouth Orchestras and in February 1995 joined Van Walsum Management in London as an Artist Manager. Between 2003 to 2005 she was Deputy Chair of the International Artists Manager Association and in 2005 became Managing Director of Van Walsum Management. Van Walsum Management was sold in 2008 and, following a short sabbatical, Rachel and her husband, Joeske, founded Maestro Arts, which has become a flourishing Artist Management Company in London. Rachel is a regularly invited jury member for International music competitions and industry award panels. As an advocate for Artist Management she is an invited speaker about managing artist’s careers and mentors a number of young artists. Believing in the power of music to transform lives, Rachel has been a Trustee of World Heart Beat Music Academy since 2015 and Chair of the Trustees since 2019.