BMG Rights Management has signed a publishing contract with violin star David Garrett.

As part of the deal, the company will represent the publishing rights of his previous releases "Virtuoso" and "Encore" - they have combined sales of 400,000 in Germany, Switzerland and Austria according to the DEAG label, and were distributed by Warner Music Germany - as well as his self-titled U.S. album released by Universal earlier this year.

"We will publish Garrett's coming albums worldwide and we will represent the artist for synch licensing," said Hartwig Masuch, CEO BMG Rights Management in Berlin.

Accompanying this agreement, the company has signed a publishing deal with John Haywood, Garrett's co-writing partner. "We are excited to now have BMG Rights as our publishing partner, as we wanted to work with a company that is hungry, entrepreneurial and is at such an exciting stage of its development. As David emerges as one of the world's leading music entertainers, it was important for us to work with a publisher whose roots are so firmly based in the international entertainment business," Rick Blaskey, manager of David Garrett, said in a statement.

He added: "Now, together, we have such exciting opportunities to create and exploit our music across so many other possible areas beyond just the record business."

Fred Casimir, managing director Germany of BMG Rights Management, said in a statement: "David is an exceptionally talented musician. We are extremely privileged to work with him to enhance his career, which has just started. David is one of the rare musicians who are capable of merging the world of classical music with pop and rock in a truly unique and entertaining manner."

David Garrett is currently touring the United States. He is scheduled to continue his tour in Germany early next year, announced BMG Rights Management.