Yellow Label has partnered with CAvi-music’s rich catalogue of bespoke music titles and albums featuring some of the finest established and young artists
CAvi-music founder, record industry veteran Dr Andreas von Imhoff, to retain strong connection to the label
Berlin, 7 March 2023. Deutsche Grammophon (DG) is pleased to announce that it has formed a strategic partnership with CAvi-music recordings that will work across its rich catalogue and artist roster. The independent label, founded in 2005 by Dr Andreas von Imhoff, will continue to develop its critically acclaimed catalogue of carefully curated chamber music titles and other adventurous and innovative albums – many of which feature emerging talent – which will be released by DG. Overseen by DG’s newly created Premium Label Services department, the alignment reinforces the Yellow Label’s strategic commitment to young artists and will expand its repertoire range.
CAvi-music’s ethos is reflected in every detail of its hand-selected productions, ensuring that artists are matched with their ideal repertoire, personally involved in each project and given the support they need to deliver outstanding performances. Among its releases are recordings by established artists such as Elena Bashkirova, Dina Ugorskaja, Antje Weithaas, Menahem Pressler, Lars Vogt and Andrè Schuen (who signed to Deutsche Grammophon in 2019), ensembles such as the Armida Quartet, Berliner Barocksolisten, Kölner Kantorei, Amatis Trio, Linos Piano Trio and Trio di Clarone, and rising stars such as pianists Sophie Pacini, Alexander Gadjiev, Severin von Eckardstein and Herbert Schuch, cellist Julian Steckel, and vocalists Katharina Konradi and Konstantin Krimmel. Its catalogue also includes Adam Fischer and the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker’s ongoing and award-winning Mahler Symphony cycle, a recording of the complete Scriabin piano sonatas by Anatol Ugorski (who has an extensive discography with DG, too) and world premiere recordings of less well-known songs by Liszt, as well as encompassing some fascinating live recordings from the “Spannungen” Chamber Music Festival and cooperation with the special series devoted to the Ruhr Piano Festival.
Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon, looks forward to the future development of CAvi-music as a significant addition to the Yellow Label’s portfolio. “I am delighted that Andreas von Imhoff and Deutsche Grammophon will be working together in a spirit of mutual cooperation to ensure CAvi-music’s long-term growth, especially on digital channels,” he comments. “CAvi-music’s catalogue is of exceptional quality and depth, an achievement for which we congratulate Andreas. This strategic partnership illustrates the fact that Deutsche Grammophon’s new Premium Label Services unit, under the leadership of Anja Rittmöller, Johannes Gleim and Markus Kettner, can offer a trustworthy and dynamic new home for outstanding independent productions.”
Having studied musicology, theatre and art history, concluding with a doctoral thesis on the piano works of Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Dr Andreas von Imhoff went on to work for EMI for 27 years in a variety of posts. His roles with the label covered everything from directing its classical music department in Germany to working in international marketing and European distribution logistics.
In 2004 he established his own company, Avi-Service for Music, to provide specialist services for classical performers and their record labels, before launching CAvi-music the following year. He will remain closely involved with the label in the fields of A&R, production and operational distribution.
“It was a great moment for the CAvi-music artists and myself when conversations between the market leader in classical music recordings and our independent label first started,” notes Andreas von Imhoff. “I’m very proud that in the 17 years since I established it, we have achieved such high levels of quality and recognition that both the label and its individual spirit will be able to live on. I’d especially like to thank Clemens Trautmann and his team for the atmosphere of friendliness and trust, and I look forward to continuing to help shape the label’s future.”