LONDON 1 SEPTEMBER 2009– Leading music company EMI Music has announced it has promoted Jean-Philippe Rolland, currently production and recording director, Virgin Classics International to the expanded role of International director A&R EMI Classics, effective from September 1. Jean-Philippe Rolland will share his time between the Virgin A&R role (based in Paris and reporting to Alain Lanceron, President Virgin Classics) and the International A&R role reporting directly to Eric Dingman, president EMI Classics Global.
In his expanded role, Jean-Philippe will help strengthen EMI Classics/Virgin Classics relationships with orchestras, opera houses, and concert venues as well as private presenters and concert promoters and cement the presence of the labels’ artists with emphasis on the very important North American region. This will include scouting new talent and strategic projects for international and local markets, and for developing and facilitating specific artist projects.
In this international role, Jean-Philippe will work closely together with Alain Lanceron, president Virgin Classics and Stephen Johns, VP A&R, EMI Classics to achieve the greatest overall success for our artists, their fans, our partners and EMI Music.
Eric Dingman said: “Jean-Philippe is a mainstay of our Classics division and he will be spending a significant proportion of his time in the critically important North American market, where he will be an asset in initiating comprehensive activity around projects that help to drive our artists’ profiles as well as their sales”.
Jean-Philippe Rolland said: “This is an exciting new challenge and an important step in building momentum for EMI and Virgin Classics and our artists for the future. I look forward to working in close collaboration with our event partners, both old and new, moving forward.”
Jean-Philippe Rolland began his career in 1989 as a promoter for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées concert venue in Paris. In 1994, he joined the Ecole Nationale du Cirque Annie Fratellini as executive producer and tour director, leaving in 1997 to join Virgin Classics International and EMI Classics as production and recording director. He holds a bachelors and masters degree in English from the Sorbonne, Paris, and a PhD in Cultural Engineering from the ISMC, Paris.
About EMI Classics
EMI Classics is one of the top global classical music recording companies. Its two labels, the London-based EMI Classics and Paris-based Virgin Classics, record exclusively with the finest musicians around the world, including Sir Simon Rattle, Nigel Kennedy, Angela Gheorghiu and Natalie Dessay amongst others, and with distinguished organisations including the Berliner Philharmoniker. The company has an unrivalled catalogue of recordings with international superstars, including Placido Domingo, Kiri te Kanawa, Itzhak Perlman, André Previn, Daniel Barenboim and Riccardo Muti, and the historic recordings of Mstislav Rostropovich, Maria Callas, Victoria de los Angeles, Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jacqueline du Pré, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer, Sir Adrian Boult and Sir John Barbirolli, as well as the longest-serving artist in the history of the record industry, the violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin.