Clemens Trautmann is the next president of Deutsche Grammophon.
Trautmann takes up his new role with the prestigious classical music label on Dec. 1 and will report jointly to Frank Briegmann, Universal Music’s president of Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon, and Dickon Stainer, Universal Music’s president and CEO of Global Classics.
Trautmann brings with him an impressive resume with a “triple threat” skill set. He’s an experienced musician, a qualified lawyer and he has served in various senior and strategic roles at leading media companies including, most recently, working as managing director of Axel Springer’s Immonet online business and heading up the office of the CEO as chief of staff.
The incoming president “will further consolidate the label’s success and make sure that going forward Deutsche Grammophon’s unique capabilities will be explored to the fullest. I wish Clemens and his fantastic team many exciting ideas and even more success,” Briegmann comments in a statement.
Adds Stainer: “Clemens‘ appointment marks a new chapter in the history of Deutsche Grammophon. He is a musician himself, and he brings unique experience in managing a changing business at a time when the classical music industry is in an era of extraordinary transformation. I am sure Clemens is going to offer artists a compelling new vision and I am very excited he is joining the company.”
Berlin-based Trautmann succeeds Mark Wilkinson, who became president of Deutsche Grammophon in April 2012. Wilkinson will assume a new global role within Universal Music’s classical business as vice president international strategy & artist development, the company announced back in March.