The Frankfurt Music Prize was founded in 1980 and has been awarded annually by the Frankfurt Music Prize Foundation on the occasion of the international Musikmesse in Frankfurt since 1982.
It is awarded to musicians, composers, teachers and personalities from the world of music for special achievements in the fields of interpretation, composition, musicology or teaching.
The winners are chosen from the fields of classic, pop or jazz and, in alternate years, the Frankfurt Music Prize is presented to an individual from the classical or pop (rock, pop, jazz) sectors. In 2011, the Frankfurt Music Prize will go to a personality from the world of classical music.
The Frankfurt Music Prize is worth € 15,000 Euro and is sponsored by the Federal Association of German Musical Instrument Manufacturers (Bundesverband der Deutschen Musikinstrumenten-Hersteller e.V.) and Messe Frankfurt.
The presentation of the 30th Frankfurt Music Prize will be held on the eve of the coming Musikmesse, 20 March 2012
John McLaughlin to receive the 30th Frankfurt Music Prize
British guitarist John McLaughlin is to receive the Frankfurt Music Prize for 2012. McLaughlin, who celebrated his 70th birthday this year, has been a dominant influence on the European and international music scene with his guitar playing for over 50 years.
According to the jury of the Frankfurt Music Prize, John McLaughlin is a musician whose work, “has always been characterised by respect and openness with regard to many other directions, forms of expression and cultures, and not by genre borders and dogmatism”. For the jurors, John McLaughlin is a person who can be described as a world musician.