Costa Pilavachi is an advisor to Sistema England.
Costa Pilavachi began his career in the recording industry as Vice-President, Artist and Repertoire of the Dutch-based Philips label, 1989-1997. He then served as President of three major classical labels, Philips Classics, Decca Music Group and EMI Classics between 1997-2009. In 2010 he was appointed Senior Vice-President, Classical Artist and Repertoire of Universal Music Group, overseeing the artistic direction of the Deutsche Grammophon and Decca labels worldwide.
Born in London, Pilavachi was educated in Greece, Egypt, the United States, and Canada and is a citizen of Greece and Canada. His first job in music was in a record shop in Ottawa while a university student. After a stint in artist management (1976-1979), he was appointed Director of Toronto Arts Productions, the city’s premiere recital and chamber music series (1979-1981) followed by four years as Director of the Music Department at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, responsible for the resident orchestra, summer opera festival and other musical activities in the capital. In 1985 he became the Artistic Administrator of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival, working closely with Music Director Seiji Ozawa.
Currently, Pilavachi is a consultant to Universal Music Global Classics and serves as an advisor on various boards such as the Birmingham Conservatoire, the International Mozart Society in Salzburg, the Verbier Festival Academy, Istanbul Festival and others. He is based in London.