April 07, 2014

Warner Classics and Erato team unveils its new line-up

In the newly-created role of President, Warner Classics and Erato, Alain Lanceron will spearhead Warner Music Group’s global classics operations.

The acquisition in 2013 of Parlophone Label Group, including the renowned EMI Classics and Virgin Classics labels (now Warner Classics and Erato respectively), has seen a renewed focus on classical music within the company. Lanceron will lead Warner Classics’ creative direction, overseeing A&R and global catalogue development, as well as directing local French catalogue development from Warner's Paris offices.

Lanceron, a chevalier in the Order of la Légion d’Honneur, the National Order of Merit and the Order of Arts and Letters, joined Warner Music Group following the PLG acquisition, having previously served as President of Virgin Classics and Director of EMI Classics France. "With the Warner Classics leadership team confirmed and our reinvigorated worldwide network in place, we can now truly unlock the potential created by combining these two extraordinary classical catalogues," he said.

"The depth and richness of the music we represent only fuels our ambition to sign and develop more remarkable artists and continue to innovate around their work to ensure that Warner is synonymous with the greatest classical music of yesterday, today and tomorrow."

Lanceron’s senior management team includes Jean-Philippe Rolland, today announced as Executive Vice President, International A&R and Business Development, Markus Petersen, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Operations and Bertrand Castellani, Vice President, International Catalogue. Dividing his time between London and Paris, Rolland will focus on signing and nurturing the most exciting artists from around the world. Petersen will be charged with continuing to build out the worldwide infrastructure that supports them as well as delivering high-impact campaigns that bring their music to fans existing and new. Castellani will steer an international catalogue drawn from the rich vaults of EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, Teldec and Erato. An additional key appointment announced today is Patrick Gamblin, who becomes Director of Creative Services.

Recent signings to Warner Classics include opera singers Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello, whose debut album is out in May, and the Aurora Orchestra, one of the most creative and innovative ensembles in the music industry today. On Erato, Sabine Devieilhe, Bertrand Chamayou and Edgar Moreau are the latest additions to the roster, with brand new and critically-acclaimed recordings. Forthcoming releases include, amongst many others, albums from Alison Balsom, the John Wilson Orchestra, Joyce DiDonato, Emmanuel Pahud, Philippe Jaroussky and Sir Antonio Pappano. New signings will be announced soon.

Key catalogue releases for 2014 will feature two of the label’s most iconic legacy artists; Herbert von Karajan, with an Official Remastered Edition, and Maria Callas, whose Complete Studio Recordings have been remastered from the original master tapes. These projects represent the very best that anyone has ever heard Maria Callas and Herbert von Karajan on record.

Exciting times ahead.