Kris Chen Named SVP Of Nonesuch Records
September 14, 2016 at 8:21 AM (PT)
KRIS CHEN has joined NONESUCH RECORDS as SVP. CHEN comes to the WARNER MUSIC GROUP label from XL RECORDINGS, where he served as head of the company’s U.S. operations for the past 11 years. In his new post, CHEN reports to NONESUCH Co-President DAVID BITHER, and is based at the label’s global headquarters in NEW YORK CITY.
"One of the remarkable things about NONESUCH has been the stability of its core management team,” said BITHER. “When BOB HURWITZ – who assembled and led that group as he reinvented NONESUCH over the past three decades – first told me about his plan to transition to a less active role with the label, my initial thought was whether it was time to add a new voice to a senior team that has worked together for over 20 years. My next, almost simultaneous thought was of KRIS CHEN. I've known KRIS for more than a decade and have regarded him from the start as a fellow traveler. His success over the years at XL provides ample evidence of his ability but it is his convictions about music and culture that have always impressed me even more. I'm delighted that he is joining us and believe it speaks to our ambition to build on the course that NONESUCH has charted, today and in the years to come."
“Since I bought my first KRONOS QUARTET album as a teenager, I have been a huge fan and close follower of NONESUCH,” said CHEN. “That recording opened up a new musical world to me, and it also introduced me to a unique and visionary label that has continued to move and surprise me ever since. There are few labels where the name alone stands for music of the quality, distinction, and diversity that defines NONESUCH. Since I met DAVID on the day of the legendary NEW YORK blackout of 2003, we have been great friends and musical compatriots, and he’s always been generous with his advice and viewpoints on art and commerce. When this opportunity at NONESUCH was presented, I knew it was the culmination of many moments along a path that has pointed me here. I believe that great recordings tell great stories, and I’m excited to be working with DAVID, BOB HURWITZ, PETER CLANCY and the entire smart and passionate NONESUCH team to sign and develop artists that we love and music that we believe in.”