Deutsche Grammophon A&R VP succeeds Costa Pilavachi

LONDON, February 20, 2006 – Bogdan Rošcic has been appointed as Managing Director of the Decca Music Group, the premier classical music label. The appointment takes immediate effect and was announced today by Christopher Roberts, President, Classics & Jazz, at Universal Music Group International, to whom Rošcic will report.

Rošcic assumes responsibility for London-based Decca from Costa Pilavachi. Universal Music has asked Pilavachi to explore key new business opportunities in classical music for the group and they are currently discussing terms in relation to those responsibilities.

Decca Music Group, which includes the Philips Classics label, is renowned for an artist roster which includes Cecilia Bartoli, Alfred Brendel, Renée Fleming, Valery Gergiev, Luciano Pavarotti and Mitsuko Uchida, and – in partnership with Universal Music companies in the Netherlands and New Zealand, respectively – Andrea Bocelli and Hayley Westenra.

Rošcic, 41, moves to Decca from his post as Vice President, A&R, at Deutsche Grammophon, the market-leading classical music label and sister company to Decca within the Universal Music Group. He joined Deutsche Grammophon in 2003, where he has worked with such artists as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Lang Lang, Anna Netrebko and Bryn Terfel, among others. Previously, he was Managing Director of Universal Music Austria.

Christopher Roberts said, “Bogdan has been a huge part of the recent success and revitalization of Deutsche Grammophon, and I am confident he will bring the same focus, intelligence and artistic knowledge and passion to his new position.

“I would like to offer my heartfelt appreciation to Costa for the dedication and achievements he has brought to the Philips and Decca labels over the last 17 years. Costa has been responsible for a string of artistic and commercial successes in both the classical and crossover areas with artists such as Cecilia Bartoli, Andrea Bocelli, Valery Gergiev, Seiji Ozawa, Mitsuko Uchida and Hayley Westenra, among others.”