San Francisco Conservatory acquires Pentatone record label

Posted on: May 9, 2022

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music has acquired record label Pentatone Music. Pentatone joins an existing alliance between SFCM and Opus 3 Artists, the management company that the conservatory acquired in October 2020. Pentatone, which is based in Baarn, Netherlands, will continue to operate as an independent company. Along with SFCM students, Pentatone artists now have access to SFCM’s recording studio in the new Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts in San Francisco. The facility, Studio G, is adjacent to the conservatory’s Technology Hall; both were inaugurated in November 2021 as spaces to create, capture, and listen to immersive audio. As one of its first collaborations with SFCM, Pentatone will record and release a performance by the National Brass Ensemble during Summer@SFCM’s National Brass Ensemble Academy. The performance will be conducted by San Francisco Symphony Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen at Davies Symphony Hall; it will include the debut of a commission by Jonathan Bingham, a winner of the Emerging Black Composers Project sponsored in part by SFCM and the San Francisco Symphony.