London, UK, 10 January 2023 – Leading sheet music publisher and distributor Hal Leonard Europe has announced a renewed and expanded distribution deal with Hungarian music publisher and distributor, Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó (EMBZ), with immediate effect.

Since 2011, Hal Leonard Europe has been exclusively distributing the EMB catalogue of sheet music and scores in Germany, France and Italy. In this renewed agreement, Hal Leonard Europe will continue to exclusively distribute in those territories whilst expanding into Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxemburg and Scandinavia. They will also have non-exclusive distribution of EMB publications in all other territories, with exception of UK, Asia, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary.

Hal Leonard Europe continue to grow their prestigious catalogue of classical and educational repertoire, maintaining a leading position in the market. EMBZ has established itself as a reputable publishing partner with an impressive list of works from all generations of Hungarian composers, internationally recognised projects such as the Béla Bartók Complete Critical Edition (with G. Henle) and New Liszt Complete Edition, and diverse music education resources.

Music dealers can add EMB titles to their orders from Hal Leonard Europe, with hundreds of titles in stock. For more information on new titles, please contact your local account representative or visit the Hal Leonard Europe dealer website.

“Sheet music distribution has changed a lot in recent years. I believe that our extended and mutual cooperation with Hal Leonard Europe is the right answer to these challenges.”

László Sigrai, Managing Director, Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó

“We are delighted to be continuing and expanding our distribution with EMBZ. Not only are we adding further depth to our catalogue, but we will also be able to better support our customers across Europe due to the expansion. We look forward to ensuring customers all over the world have easy access to the EMB catalogue through our multiple sales channels.” 

Jeroen Verbeek, Head of Trade and Retail, Hal Leonard Europe

About Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó:

Originally the Hungarian State Music Publisher founded in 1950, Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó was the legal successor of all previous music publishers in Hungary. The EMB catalogue contains approximately 5000 active entries and over 10,000 compositions. Their main publications include the great classical, 20th-Century and contemporary Hungarian composers, like Liszt, Bartók, Kodály, Dohnányi, Weiner, Farkas and Kurtág, among others.

In 2017, its owner made a decision to create two legal successors from the existing EMB: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó Kft (UMPEMB) and Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó Kft (EMBZ). The copyrights for 20th century music as well as contemporary works remained under the purview of UMPEMB.

The publishing rights of the remaining thousands of pedagogical publications (as well as those of the scholarly Liszt and Bartók Complete Critical Editions) were transferred to the newly reestablished Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó Kft. (EMBZ). EMBZ produces and distributes not only its own scores, but also those of UMPEMB.


About Hal Leonard Europe:

Hal Leonard Europe companies are part of the Hal Leonard group of companies – the world’s largest source of music publications, representing many of the world’s best-known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and instrument manufacturers.

Hal Leonard Europe companies publish and distribute an extensive catalogue of printed and digital publications, sheet music, music education resources, instruments, gifts, accessories and pro audio in Europe and around the world.

There are Hal Leonard Europe offices and distribution centres located in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom.


Press Contact:

Emily Seaton-Potter, Hal Leonard Europe