“Naxos looks forward to our 25th anniversary festivities in New York with a special signing of The Story of Naxos at the Juilliard Bookstore, a party at Steinway Hall, and several meetings with media and partners,” says Klaus Heymann, founder of Naxos and, even at 75 years old, the heartbeat of the record label empire he built.

Heymann will be present at the Julliard Store for the public book signing this Friday, September 14th, at 5 pm. 

Loaded with enlightening background stories about the recording industry, The Story of Naxos, written by former classical music journalist and Naxos AudioBooks’ specialist Nicolas Soames, tells the remarkable story of Naxos’ success.  The book goes into great detail about Heymann, the self-made man and music lover, as well as the rollercoaster ride of victories and setbacks that Naxos experienced as it grew, and ultimately reinvented the recording business.  What started in 1987 as a Hong Kong-based budget record label has become a global institution in the classical recording industry, and the leading distribution network of classical music worldwide.

In his foreword, Klaus Heymann reflects on how Naxos has “changed the culture and industry of classical music,” and applauds the skills of those who made that happen by finding new and innovative ways of approaching their tasks, often in the face of adversity. Heymann’s words ring true to me personally, particularly when he discusses how he was only able to complete his most successful accomplishments with the help of those who believed in his goals. True entrepreneurial vision must begin with innovation, but it also requires support from a committed community and personal relations; as Heymann modestly states: “They just had faith in what I was trying to achieve.” (Photo: Sean Hickey, Composer and Naxos USA National Sales and Business Development Manager since 2002- Steinway Hall reception)

Heymann’s successful pursuit of his goals is certainly due to his own conviction, but he largely credits his triumphs to his “life inside the music” with his wife, violinist Takako Nishizaki, whose Naxos recording career is perhaps his true inspiration. I suppose it is true what they say; behind every great man is a great woman! And Heymann supported me in that by saying:”Indeed, yet even a much better woman!”

 

 

Photo: Mr. and Mrs. Klaus Heymann (Violinist Takako Nishizaki) at Steinway Hall reception for Naxos.

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