Part of The Music Sales Group, G. Schirmer Inc./Associated Music Publishers, the world’s pre-eminent classical music publishing house, announces the appointment of Robert Thompson as Vice President. Thompson will be based in G. Schirmer’s New York headquarters.
Thompson comes to G. Schirmer with a wealth of experience in the classical field having served for over 10 years as the Managing Director of Universal Edition. During his tenure, he expanded the operations of Universal into film and production and spearheaded the signing of new composers including: Osvaldo Golijov, Maria Schneider, Johannes Maria-Staud, and Daniel Schnyder.
Thompson is a double Grammy nominee, producer, musician, publisher, and educator. He was a co-founder of ArtistShare.com and served as Dean of the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College as well as the inaugural director of the College’s arts management program where he taught arts entrepreneurship and arts & entertainment law.
As a conductor, Thompson has conducted the Seattle, Detroit, San Diego, Hartford, Nashville, Houston and Phoenix Symphonies among others. He has performed as a guest artist with the Boston Pops, the Florida Orchestra, and the Grand Rapids Symphony.
Together with Latin-Grammy nominee and former New York Yankee Bernie Williams, he is co-author of the book, Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Musical Artistry and Athletic Performance.
He is a former First Vice-President of the Music Publishers’ Association, served on committees at both ASCAP and BMI, and is a voting member of NARAS (the Grammys). He holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music where he was appointed a Kaufmann Foundation advisor to the School’s Institute for Music Leadership program.
"The Schirmer team is a dedicated, passionate group of professionals, and I’m honored to be joining them and the Music Sales group of companies in publishing and representing a dynamic and growing roster of esteemed composers and artists who are at the global forefront of contemporary classical music," commented Thompson.
"I’m delighted to welcome Robert to G Schirmer and to the Music Sales family," said Tomas Wise, President of Music Sales Corporation/G. Schirmer Inc./AMP. "His knowledge and experience in the industry and his creativity and enthusiasm will make him a tremendous asset to the Group worldwide."
Part of the international Music Sales Group of publishing companies, G. Schirmer Inc./AMP is one of the most respected names in American classical music.
Founded in 1861 and acquired by Music Sales in 1986, G. Schirmer today boasts a legendary catalog which includes America’s finest 20th- and 21st-century composers, from the landmark names (Samuel Barber, Elliott Carter, Leon Kirchner, Karel Husa, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Gunther Schuller) to today’s leading names (Mark Adamo, John Adams, Daniel Catán, John Corigliano, Richard Danielpour, Michael Gordon, John Harbison, Rob Kapilow, Aaron Jay Kernis, Peter Lieberson, David Lang, André Previn, Terry Riley, Bright Sheng, Nathaniel Stookey,Tan Dun, Augusta Read Thomas, Julia Wolfe, Yehudi Wyner, and Joan Tower) to the new generation of stars (Avner Dorman, Gabriela Lena Frank, Missy Mazzoli, and Nico Muhly). G. Schirmer is also the American publisher of the works of Gubaidulina, Kancheli, Khachaturian, Prokofiev, Schnittke, and Shostakovich.
Many of the world’s most famous classical music publishing houses are part of The Music Sales Group: Chester Music (UK), Novello (UK), Edition Wilhelm Hansen (Denmark), and Unión Musical Ediciones (Spain), Bosworth (Germany), and Premier Music (France).
Together they form the world’s largest independent holding of classical music and between them they represent some of the greatest composers of the 20th and 21st centuries: such as Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Richard Rodney Bennett, Benet Casblancas, Ludovico Einaudi, Hans Werner Henze, Witold Lutoslawski, Peter Maxwell Davies, Per Norgard, Poul Ruders, Kaija Saariaho, Joby Talbot and John Tavener.