The Naxos Music Group

The three-fold principle of repertoire, value and innovation remains firmly at the heart of all its undertakings.

Klaus Heymann with his wife, Takako Nishizaki – an illustrious Japanese violinist who has sold millions of CDs on the Naxos label.

Established in 1987 as a record label, Naxos was the brainchild of Klaus Heymann, a German-born entrepreneur and music lover based in Hong Kong. Initially he capitalised on the opportunity to provide repertoire-driven classical CDs at affordable prices, which soon led to Naxos becoming a global enterprise that expanded not only geographically, but also functionally into distribution, licensing and publishing. The Naxos name is synonymous not only with classical music recordings, but also with a host of other products and services, from DVDs to books, ebooks, audiobooks, apps, and musical scores, as well as a wide range of online resources and services.

Under Klaus Heymann’s leadership, Naxos has redefined how classical music is presented and marketed. Innovative strategies of recording exciting new repertoire with exceptional talent have enabled our house label to develop one of the largest and fastest-growing catalogues of unduplicated repertoire. Naxos works with artists of the highest calibre and its recordings have been recognised by numerous GRAMMY® awards, Penguin Guide 3-star recommendations, Gramophone Editor’s Choice Awards among many other accolades. Its audiobooks, apps and subscription services have also garnered countless awards.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, Naxos was founded and run by music lovers and passionate believers in its future. The Naxos Music Group will continue to be a leader, an innovator, and an educator whenever opportunities arise to make classical music more accessible.

Klaus Heymann’s entrepreneurial vision has boldly demonstrated that it’s quite possible for a company to greatly enrich our cultural life, while at the same time serving myriad consumers – and making a handsome profit.

Martin Morse Wooster, The American Enterprise

Naxos for Education

Naxos for Education is more than just a portal, but a movement to advance our belief that the power of music and words holds the power to deepen our understanding of humanity, art and culture. We look forward to partnering with institutions and empowering artists and educators who share in our mission.

Check out Warren’s discography on Naxos

Warren Lee
Director, Naxos for Education

A Naxos Recording Artist whom The American Record Guide pronounces a “first-rate artist”, Warren’s discography includes 10 acclaimed solo and chamber music albums. Hailed by The Straits Times as a musician with “a wonderful sense of colour and impeccably controlled articulation”, his artistry has brought him to five continents, gracing stages of all sizes and forms, from a town hall in Tasmania to Carnegie Hall in New York, ever since his debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of six.

Devoted to education, Warren has served as a Music Director of prestigious schools in Hong Kong and China for over two decades and has also given guest lectures and masterclasses in a number of leading conservatories around the world, such as Yale School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Tasmanian Conservatorium, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to name but a few. Warren is also an award-winning composer with over 100 works in print. In recognition of his contributions to the arts and education, Warren received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in Hong Kong in 2012, an Associateship from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015 and the Ian Mininberg Distinguished Alumni Award by the Yale School of Music in 2017. He holds master degrees in business administration as well as intellectual property law and joined the Naxos Music Group in 2021.