The tip came from an anonymous source, who told the paper that senior executives from both companies have met to discuss a possible transaction.
Along with CAMI (Columbia Artists Management), ICM and IMG are the biggest players in the classical music market.
IMG has a large and impressive artist roster including (among many others) such high-powered singers as Ren_e Fleming, Karita Mattila, Deborah Voigt, Anna Netrebko, Susan Graham, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, David Daniels, Andreas Scholl, Thomas Hampson and R_ne Pape; instrumentalists Leif Ove Andsnes, Murray Perahia, Piotr Anderszewski, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Evelyn Glennie and the Emerson String Quartet; conductors Franz Welser-M‹st, Vladimir Jurowski, Ivšn Fischer and Yuri Temirkanov; and composers Steve Reich (with his ensemble), Thomas Ads and (the company's newest acquisition) John Adams.
Among the musicians ICM represents are Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, Wynton Marsalis, Emanuel Ax, Radu Lupu, Daniel Barenboim (as pianist), Ian Bostridge, Nathan Gunn, the Hagen and Tokyo String Quartets, Marin Alsop, Mariss Jansons, David Robertson and Robert Spano, as well as composer Osvaldo Golijov.
ICM focuses on movies, book publishing, television and popular music; classical music is something of a sideline. As the Times points out, 10 percent of a top opera singer's nightly fee of approximately $15,000 is peanuts compared with the $20 million payout the firm might receive for representing a movie star.
Texas financier Barrett Wissman, a former pianist married to cellist Nina Kotova, bought control of IMG Artists in 2003.