Alain Lanceron

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Alain Lanceron
Alain Lanceron
Born1949 (age 72–73)
OccupationPresident of Warner Classics & Erato.

A graduate of the École Supérieure de Commerce in Paris, Alain Lanceron began his career at Pathé Marconi-EMI in 1972. Until 1980, he also appeared as a music critic various newspapers and magazines.

In 1978, he was appointed director of the classical department of Pathé Marconi-EMI; in 1996, he took on the global presidency of Virgin Classics. Between 1996 and 2000, Alain Lanceron also headed the Jazz department of EMI France for which he successfully created a local recording program. From 2007 to 2009, he was – in addition to previous activities – Vice President Artists and Repertoire for the EMI Classics label.

During his career, Alain Lanceron has made more than 650 recordings with the greatest contemporary classical artists, including more than 200 of French music. He thus participates in the rediscovery of French heritage with numerous world premiere recordings. In addition, he created several series of reissues which made a landmark on the French market (References, Les Introuvables, The voice of his Master, Rouge et Noir, etc.), thus ensuring the sustainability of the great recordings of the past.

In May 2005, the Ministry of Culture entrusted him with the presidency of CNIPAL (National Center for Professional Integration of Lyric Artists). He was also president of the Victoires de la Musique Classique from 2006 to 2010.

Following the takeover of EMI's classic labels by the Warner group, in April 2014, Alain Lanceron was appointed President of Warner Classics & Erato.

Alain Lanceron is chevalier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur, chevalier dans l’ordre national du mérite as well as chevalier dans l’ordre national des Arts et des Lettres. (translated and shortened from Wikipedia [1])


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