Costa Pilavachi has been appointed president of EMI Classics, succeeding Richard Lyttelton, who retires at the end of July.
In this global role, which he will take up later this year, Pilavachi will report to Alain Levy and David Munns, EMI Music’s chairman and vice chairman, respectively.
Pilavachi has built up extensive experience and knowledge of the classical music biz over three decades.
Mostly recently, he headed the London-based Decca Music Group, where he had been president since 1999. Before Decca, he spent several years at Philips Music Group, first as head of A&R and then as president. EMI Classics’ roster of artists includes Simon Rattle, Antonio Pappano, Maxim Vengerov and Angela Gheorghiu, while the company’s back catalog features historic recordings by Maria Callas, Victoria de los Angeles, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jacqueline du Pre, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer, Adrian Boult, John Barbirolli and Yehudi Menuhin.