Accentus Music is a leading production company that specializes in the audio and video recording of international concerts, operas, and ballets. The label also produces feature-length documentaries about music-related subjects that draw upon culture, politics, and society as well as film portraits of artists. Founded in 2010 and based in Leipzig, Accentus Music is today one of the leading audiovisual production companies in the world of classical music. Its program of 15 to 25 productions per year, produced entirely in-house, is offered internationally via TV networks and online portals as well as on the company’s own DVD and CD label.
Emmy Award–winning director and producer Paul Smaczny, the founder and CEO of Accentus Music, has assembled a highly qualified team for his company. Together with many freelance artists, writers, and technicians who work together with the team, Accentus Music guarantees maximum competency and international networking while maintaining a lean and efficient structure. The company’s broad network is based on close personal contacts and includes artists and production partners from all over the world.
The productions of Accentus Music meet the highest artistic as well as technical standards and have received numerous awards. Accentus’ productions to date include many acclaimed artists such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Gidon Kremer, Joshua Bell, Evgeny Kissin, Nikolai Demidenko, Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Zhu Xiao-Mei, Mischa Maisky, Hélène Grimaud, Christine Schäfer, Anna Prohaska and Anne-Sophie Mutter. Ensembles such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the New York Philharmonic,
the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra are featured as well.
Highlights in the field of award-winning documentaries include films such as Die Thomaner, celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Leipzig St. Thomas Boys Choir; John Cage – Journeys in Sound, essays including In Between: Isang Yun in North and South Korea as well as Satiesfictions – Promenades with Eric Satie and Maestras – The Long Journey of Women to the Podium; portraits like Gidon Kremer – Finding Your Own Voice or The Lost Paradise celebrating the 80th anniversary of Arvo Pärt, Zhu Xiao-Mei – How Bach Defeated Mao or Music – A Journey for Life, a film about the conductor Riccardo Chailly; series like Music in the Time of the War and Revolution commemorating the centenary of World War I.
Accentus Music maintains long-standing and reliable partnerships with all major music and cultural television stations worldwide and regularly works with broadcasters such as ZDF, ARTE, ARD and 3sat (in Germany), NHK (in Japan), TV Brasil (in Brazil), CCTV and SMG (in China), WNET (in the USA), BBC (in the UK), RAI (in Italy), SVT (in Sweden), NRK (in Norway) and SF (in Switzerland). Accentus Music always uses the latest camera audio and transmission technology in its productions to achieve the highest audio and video quality.
For Accentus Music, music is more than just sound. With its creative audiovisual presentation of classical music, the production company shows that music is an essential part of social, cultural, and political life. Its images enable the viewer to experience sound in a new dimension, placing music at the heart of society.
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