[PIAS] Announces US Expansion
Harmonia Mundi included in RED distribution deal
Los Angeles office announces new General Manager
[PIAS], one of the world’s leading independent music companies, announces expanded operations in the US, including the launch of a Los Angeles base, and a new agreement with RED sales and distribution.
Following the recent acquisition of independent classical, jazz and world music group Harmonia Mundi, [PIAS] now has dedicated offices in New York and Los Angeles.
Matthew Owen has been named as General Manager of the Harmonia Mundi team in Los Angeles with the West Coast office becoming a hub for the company’s Classical and Jazz repertoire.
As part of this new deal the warehouse operation of harmonia mundi in the US will close and sales & distribution will move to RED for the USA and Canada as of May 1st 2016.
Alongside the Harmonia Mundi classical label - one of the most respected brands in classical music - and in-house labels Jazz and World Village, the LA based team will look after a selective roster of partner labels including independent classical labels such as Alia Vox, Channel Classics, Hyperion and Onyx Classics. They will also continue to develop a growing jazz label roster and continue collaborations with award winning composer Howard Shore’s Howe Records and Ponderosa, the home of Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi.
Harmonia Mundi USA was launched 30 years ago by René Goiffon and Robina Young. Both will continue to consult for the company providing both A&R and relationship management expertise, with a focus on continuing to develop the company's US artist roster.
Edwin Schröter, Managing Director of [PIAS] said, “The US expansion of [PIAS] including our new West Coast office, a growing label roster and a new team in LA reinforces our commitment to sensibly grow our presence in North America.”