Warner Music Group has announced Alain Lanceron will lead its Classics division as president. The label also named a full senior team supporting him.
In his newly-created role of President, Warner Classics and Erato, Lanceron will head Warner Music Group’s global classics operations. Based in Paris, he will lead in creative direction and oversee A&R, brand-related projects and global catalogue development. He will also direct local French catalogue development.
Warner Classics was recently strengthened significantly following the acquisition of Parlophone Label Group (PLG) which included EMI Classics and Virgin Classics labels, now Warner Classics and Erato respectively. Lanceron joined WMG following this acquisition, having previously served as President of Virgin Classics and Director of EMI Classics France. He reports to Stu Bergen, President, International, Warner Recorded Music.
“Classics is an area of renewed strategic focus for us so we are delighted to have an executive of Alain’s calibre leading our global efforts,” Bergen said in a statement. “He is widely respected for his creative flair, his skill in identifying and nurturing world-class talent and his ability to translate artistic excellence into commercial success.”
Lanceron’s senior management team includes Jean-Philippe Rolland as Executive Vice President, International A&R and Business Development, Markus Petersen as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Operations, and Bertrand Castellani as Vice President, International Catalogue. Patrick Gamblin was also named Director of Creative Services.
In addition to the Paris headquarters, Warner Classics will have dedicated teams in the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, France and Japan, and specialist support from the label’s wider operations in other markets.
Warner Classics’ latest signings include opera singers Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello, and the Aurora Orchestra. On Erato, Sabine Devieilhe, Bertrand Chamayou and Edgar Moreau are all recent additions to the roster. Forthcoming releases include albums from Alison Balsom, the John Wilson Orchestra, Joyce DiDonato, Emmanuel Pahud, Philippe Jaroussky and Sir Antonio Pappano.
“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,” Lanceron said in a statement. “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.”