Rolf Grisebach has become the chair of classical music publishers Edition Peters. He succeeds Martin Williams, who is retiring after 10 years in the role.
Williams, who has been with the press for more than 20 years, said: “I am proud to have been associated with a historic music publisher at a pivotal moment in its story and was privileged to work alongside an outstanding team. I wish
them all the best in this next, exciting chapter for the company.”
Grisebach was previously c.e.o. of illustrated books international publisher Thames & Hudson where he spearheaded the expansion of the press in Asia and the creation of a dedicated museum division. He has also worked at Holtzbrinck Publishing Group in Stuttgart and New York, and as president of Pearson Germany.
He said: “I am excited and humbled to be appointed to this role at Edition Peters. The cultural and historical importance of this iconic music publishing house is undoubted, playing a major role in defining the core classical and contemporary music repertoire across the world from its three offices in Leipzig, London and New York. Looking forward, markets and consumer behaviour are rapidly changing. We need to adapt in order to stay highly relevant, with an ongoing commitment to high-quality content and building ever stronger ties to the international music community.”
Paying tribute to Williams, Nicholas Riddle, c.e.o. of Edition Peters Group said: “Martin’s contribution to Edition Peters – particularly in the last decade, when he was heavily involved in the new architecture for the group – has left us an extraordinary legacy upon which to build for the future. In Rolf, we have appointed someone whose experience and knowledge are perfectly attuned to the needs of the unified group as it moves into its second decade and is reshaped in the aftermath of the extraordinary Covid-19 situation we all now face.”