New York, January 26, 2009 – On April 6, 2009 Bogdan Roscic will become President, Sony Music Classical, it was announced today by Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment.
This is a newly created role in which Mr. Roscic will oversee all of Sony Music’s Classical operations and report directly to Mr. Schmidt-Holtz.
“Classical music not only remains a vital part of our company’s DNA, but also this is a business we are determined to grow and promote again,” commented Mr. Schmidt-Holtz. “We are thrilled to add an executive of Mr. Roscic’s caliber who can revitalize a business that has been deemphasized in recent years. I believe strongly in the future of Classical music.”
“Mr. Roscic has played an important role in a number of the industry’s biggest Classical music successes of the last decade. I am confident that his proven experience, understanding and appreciation of great artistry, and his ability to innovate will underpin Sony Music’s growth in all areas of the Classical business moving forward,” Mr. Schmidt-Holtz added.
“While genres like Classical remain under tremendous pressure in the marketplace, we believe it has enduring appeal with consumers and we plan to harness it with a renewed commitment to strong leadership, a rich catalog and a world-class roster,” he continued.
Most recently, Mr. Roscic was Managing Director for the Decca Music Group in London where he worked with artists including Cecilia Bartoli, Renée Fleming, Valery Gergiev, Juan Diego Flórez, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jonas Kaufmann, Alfred Brendel and Andrea Bocelli.
Before joining Decca in 2006 he was Vice President A&R for Deutsche Grammophon in Hamburg. In this role, he worked with Anna Netrebko, Claudio Abbado, Lang Lang, Pierre Boulez, Rolando Villazon, Gustavo Dudamel, Bryn Terfel, Anne-Sophie Mutter and others.
Mr. Roscic also previously worked as Managing Director of Universal Music Austria, and prior to that he spent over five years as Managing Director and Program Director of a nationwide radio program for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation in Vienna.
He studied Philosophy and Musicology at the University of Vienna where he received his Ph.D. in 1989.