KAIROS is the opportune moment. In the antique era, this Greek word described the felicitous conjunction of the here and now, the propitious and decisive moment when conditions are right for taking crucial action. The Vienna-based label KAIROS was founded by Barbara Fränzen and Peter Oswald in 1999 and is dedicated to the release of the newest of contemporary music. In 2015, it became part of paladino media, and is now curated by its owner, cellist Martin Rummel. A strong network of international distributors have contributed to the international reputation of KAIROS to be one of, if not the most important record label for contemporary music.


By virtue of commitment to artistry of the highest level, KAIROS recordings have been awarded countless important international record prizes. KAIROS recordings can be found on “best of” lists of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit and The New York Times. KAIROS will continue its dedication to the adventure of exploring Contemporary Music in an uncompromising manner, with the utter conviction of its team that Contemporary Music is essential to human life.