Naomi Ives © KD SCHMID


KD SCHMID expands its international team with the appointment of Naomi Ives

We are excited to share that Naomi Ives joins KD SCHMID as Director from January 2024. 

Naomi comes to KD SCHMID from IMG Artists where she was Executive Vice President, Global Head of Conductors and Instrumentalists for 13 years bringing a wealth of experience in artist management to KD SCHMID. Based in KD SCHMID’s London office, Naomi joins the team of Directors to further develop the company’s artist management activities.  

Naomi Ives: “I am really thrilled to be joining the KD SCHMID team and am honoured to have been given the opportunity to help shape the company’s future. I am excited to be able to collaborate with such a wonderful team and their exceptionally talented artists. The future looks incredibly bright for KD SCHMID, and I am looking forward to being part of it.”

Managing Director, Karen McDonald says: “Naomi is one of the most passionate, talented and respected professionals in our business and we are thrilled to welcome her into our team. Her remarkable experience and winning personality will undoubtedly be a huge asset to us, and I greatly look forward to our work together.”

Naomi Ives’ appointment follows other recent key additions at KD SCHMID, including Christoph Drescher as Managing Director in December 2023 and Huw Humphreys, who assumed the role of Senior Creative Director in November 2023.

Since 1959, KD SCHMID is a recognised market leader specialising in bespoke artist management and touring major orchestras. Under the umbrella and partnership of Deutsche Klassik, KD SCHMID has further strengthened its position and reach in artist management, promotion, and tour management to offer a truly tailored approach for our valued artists, orchestral clients, and projects.


Naomi Ives graduated from The University of Birmingham in 2000 and began working in the music industry in 2002 as an assistant at IMG Artists. She later served as a Sponsorship Manager at RSNO in Scotland and held the role of Company Manager at Scottish Opera for five years. In 2010, Naomi returned to London and rejoined IMG Artists as an Artist Manager, eventually becoming Executive Vice President, Global Head of Conductors and Instrumentalists.