Schirmer appoints longhair boss

Schirmer appoints longhair boss


norman lebrecht

November 22, 2013

America’s foremost music publishing house now comes with added hip credentials. He’s a hire from UE.


G. Schirmer, Inc./AMP Appoints Robert Thompson Vice President

G. Schirmer Inc./Associated Music Publishers and The Music Sales Group, 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 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.

“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.”