Universal's classical label Deutsche Grammophon will move its headquarters from Hamburg to Berlin in summer 2011.

The relocation to Berlin - the home of the parent company since 2002 - was announced today (Oct. 14) by Frank Briegmann, president, Universal Music Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Deutsche Grammophon, and by Deutsche Grammophon president Michael Lang.

Deutsche Grammophon has been based in Hamburg for more than 50 years. The label has 45 employees in the city.

"Deutsche Grammophon will operate as an autonomous label from Universal Music's German headquarters in the Osthafen district of Berlin," said Briegmann. He has been leading Universal Music Germany for the past six years, and in July 2010 added responsibility for Universal Music's companies in Austria and Switzerland, and for the worldwide operations of Deutsche Grammophon.

The label has artists including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gustavo Dudamel, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, Anna Netrebko, Claudio Abbado, Elina Garanca, Daniel Hope, Maurizio Pollini, Thomas Quasthoff and Rolando Villazón.

"By bringing Deutsche Grammophon to Berlin, we are facilitating even closer cooperation within our business, and securing the future success of the most renowned and established classical label in the world. As he has for many years, Michael Lang will continue to be operationally responsible for Deutsche Grammophon. This move strengthens Berlin as a centre of gravity for music, and particularly for classical music," said Briegmann in a statement.

Deutsche Grammophon was founded in Hannover in 1898 by brothers Emile and Joseph Berliner. The label generates 80% of its revenue abroad, mostly in the U.S., Japan and France, according to Universal.

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