Extraordinary musician to be honoured during Musikmesse 2017
Presentation ceremony with musical interlude at the ‘Paulskirche’ in Frankfurt on 7 April
Internationally renowned star violinist David Garrett is to be honoured with the Frankfurt Music Prize 2017. The award is given annually during the Musikmesse fair to personalities whose work represents a special contribution to the worldwide music scene and culture. David Garrett will be presented with the award in the ‘Paulskirche’, Frankfurt, on 7 April and give a brief demonstration of his talent live on stage.
The trustees of the Frankfurt Music Prize acclaim David Garrett as an artist who is able to introduce innumerable people to classical music via his crossover projects and, simultaneously, awaken interest in classical music with his chamber-music evenings and orchestra concerts. The trustees also draw attention to Garrett’s desire to document his personal roots in top-class international classical music via projects focusing exclusively on classical works.
Born in Aachen, Germany, in 1980, David Garrett has already sold more than 3 million recordings, for which he has received twelve platinum and seven gold awards in Germany alone. He rose to great fame with his ‘Rock Symphonies’ album, which spent 72 weeks in the German charts.
David Garrett gave violin concerts while still a child and signed his first recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 12, the youngest artist ever. This was followed by numerous successful studio and live albums, as well as a variety of awards including the Echo of the Deutsche Phono-Akademie, The Golden Feather and the Classic Bambi. He has also been a UNESCO Ambassador and, for two years, was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s fastest violinist.
Characteristic of the work of David Garrett is the blend of classical works with modern pop and rock music, as well as a high experiential factor at his concerts. For many of his fans, a Garrett concert was their first contact with classical music. Moreover, he has also succeeded in reaching a wider audience with strictly classical recordings. In the course of his career, Garrett has worked with some of the world’s leading conductors, including Claudio Abbado and Zubin Mehta.
Frankfurt Music Prize
Since 1982, the Frankfurt Music Prize has honoured personalities from the music scene for extraordinary achievements in the fields of interpretation, composition, musicology, teaching and promoting music making. This year, the presentation ceremony will be held in Frankfurt’s ‘Paulskirche’, a historical building that is also the setting for the presentation of awards such as the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the Goethe Prize of the City of Frankfurt.
Donated by the National Association of German Musical Instruments Manufacturers (Bundesverband der Deutschen Musikinstrumenten-hersteller – BDMH) and Messe Frankfurt, the Frankfurt Music Prize is worth € 15,000. The previous prize winners include Udo Lindenberg, Peter Gabriel, Keith Emerson and Marie-Luise Neunecker. Last year, the Frankfurt Music Prize went to recently deceased US singer and song writer Al Jarreau.
The members of the Board of Trustees of the Frankfurt Music Prize of the international Musikmesse Frankfurt are:
◾The Mayor of the City of Frankfurt
◾The Chairperson of the National Association of German Musical Instruments Manufacturers (BDMH).
◾A Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt
◾Two representatives of the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat)
◾Two representatives of German conservatories