EuroArts Music International was founded in 1979 by Bernd Hellthaler. Soon, the company became internationally renowned for the production and distribution of audio-visual classical music recordings, acclaimed documentaries, Opera and Ballet films, jazz as well as other music and art programmes for TV and home video.
Today the company sells the catalogues of EuroArts Music, Berlin and Idéale Audience, Paris as well as Arthaus Musik (TV only), BBC Legends and BBC Classic Archive Programs. EuroArts Music also distributes programmes of various independent producers. It is active in TV Licensing to more than 150 clients in 40 countries around the world, in DVD and Audio Distribution as well as in distribution of digital files and other Internet applications. The current TV Broadcast catalogue contains more than 2,500 programmes of music material that includes all prominent artists in classical and contemporary music of the past five decades. The EuroArts Label distributes its catalogue with more than 400 titles worldwide through its international distribution network partner Naxos Global.
Its Berlin-based production department has – over a period of more than 25 years – built a reputation for the highest artistic standard, as well as for a never ending innovative spirit. Multi-camera music events have been produced in countries all over the world, amongst them China, Japan, Russia, Israel, Palestine, Turkey and Argentina. It was the first company to do a live broadcast to 50 European cinemas of a concert and in 2010 it entered into the most exciting field of 3D film production and started the first 3D production in Germany in cooperation with Context and Sony: “Lang Lang – The Third Dimension (Berghain, Berlin)”. This was the start of a promising and successful series of 3D Music Performance films which has already been continued with the “Berliner Philharmoniker - A Musical Journey in 3D”, recorded at the spectacular Esplanade Theatres on the Bay in Singapore and Tchaikovsky’s eternal classic “The Nutcracker in 3D” from the famous Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
Since 1990, EuroArts Music has a close cooperation with the Berliner Philharmoniker on prestigious regular concert events, such as the annual Europa Konzert, the famous open air concerts at the Waldbühne, Berlin and the annual New Year’s Eve concerts. Within exclusive or long lasting relationships with artists and conductors like Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, the renowned directors Bruno Monsaingeon, Frank Scheffer, and Peter Rosen and world class performers like Martha Argerich, András Schiff or, from the younger Generation Lang Lang and Yuja Wang – the company has become one of the few big names in classic music industry.
Innovation and quality characterize the company’s business. The achievements include numerous awards such as the Oscar® (for the co-production of “Journey of Hope”), a Peabody Award and Grammy Award Nomination (for “Blue Note – A Story of Modern Jazz”), Emmy Awards (for “Robbie Robertson" and “Knowledge is the Beginning”), the Grammy Award (for “Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny”), the National Education Award, two German ECHOs and various national and international prizes.
EuroArts Music always tries to spearhead innovation: for instance with impressive 3D productions and new sound productions, such as the first HD Audio on Blu-ray Disc.
EuroArts Music has re-focused its production and distribution activities recently to a bigger variety of events, concerts, documentaries and cross over projects, it will increase its number of cooperations with trusted production partners, such as the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Arthaus Musik - to name just a few, and to raise variety by staying at the same quality levels as it always has been.
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