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Frankfurt Music Prize 2017 awarded to David Garrett

08.04.2017 | 07:21 Clock | People
Frankfurt Music Prize 2017 awarded to David Garrett

Great interest in award ceremony at Paulskirche as part of Musikmesse


Internationally successful violinist David Garrett accepted the Frankfurt Music Prize at the Paulskirche on Friday evening. The prestigious award is presented annually as part of the Musikmesse and honours personalities who have made a special contribution to the global music scene and culture through their work. "I'm very pleased to win the Frankfurt Music Prize because, for the very first time, it also honours something I don't actually do on stage. For many years it has been a very personal concern of mine to bring music closer to people, especially young people. To be honoured for this is of course all the more wonderful," said David Garrett. Around 800 guests attended the award ceremony - in addition to invited VIPs and industry and media representatives, a limited number of tickets were also available to the general public for the first time.

The award was presented by Mike Josef, City Councillor of the City of Frankfurt am Main. In the text of the certificate read out by Josef, the Board of Trustees praised Garrett as an artist with exceptional playful talent and the ability to inspire people. Through his projects, he succeeds in bringing many people closer to classical music. Following his acceptance speech, David Garrett gave a small insight into a part of his artistic work live on stage. Together with the French pianist Julien Quentin he played the Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major by César Franck, followed by some virtuoso pieces.

For 35 years, the Frankfurt Music Prize has honored players in the music scene - alternating annually between a representative of the classical field and a representative of popular music. The prize, sponsored by the Federal Association of German Musical Instrument Manufacturers (BDMH) and Messe Frankfurt, is endowed with 15,000 euros. Previous winners include Udo Lindenberg, Peter Gabriel, Keith Emerson and Marie-Luise Neunecker.

For the first time, the presentation of the Frankfurt Music Prize was integrated into the Musikmesse Festival. This year, for the second time, it will be held parallel to the Musikmesse and will feature around 50 concerts in 30 venues throughout Frankfurt.

Further information on the Musikmesse can be found at <link http: _blank>

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