The death has been announced of Christoph Schmökel, legal adviser to the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras and to many leading musicians and music companies. Most recently he advised the top-selling German-American violinist, David Garrett.
Christoph died suddenly on April 4, his Berlin law firm has announced.
In 1998, when the record industry was in deep trouble, he was made executive vice-president of Deutsche Grammophon.
His name was on innumerable contracts.