About Us

Warner Classics, born from the successive acquisition of the Teldec, Erato, EMI Classics and Virgin Classics labels, now holds a special place in the history of recorded music. This new banner unites the iconic Maria Callas, Herbert von Karajan and Yehudi Menuhin with the next generation of legends (Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Samson François among them) and brings together the main part of recorded output by artists as diverse as Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Barenboim, Maxim Vengerov and Maurice André.

Under the leadership of Alain Lanceron, Warner Classics is committed to continued growth as a preeminent classical company, preserving this illustrious musical heritage while remaining active in the field of new recordings. With its core team based in Paris, this new structure will see today’s leading artists — Alison Balsom, Angela Gheorghiu, Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Jaroussky, Alexandre Tharaud and Natalie Dessay — joined by major new signings, cementing its position as an authority in classical music production today and developing its activities under two international labels, each with its own distinctive identity: Warner Classics and the revived Erato.