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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.
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 2.5 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.
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 Frankfurt Music Prize has been awarded to personalities from the world of music for special achievements in the fields of interpretation, composition, musicology, teaching and services to music making and has been presented annually on the occasion of the Frankfurt Musikmesse since 1982. The donors are the Federal Association of German Musical Instrument Manufacturers (Bundesverband der Deutschen Musikinstrumenten-Hersteller e. V. - BDMH) and Messe Frankfurt GmbH. The Award is given annually in rotation to personalities the fields of classical and popular music. The winners honoured in Frankfurt in recent years include musicians such as Udo Lindenberg, Peter Gabriel, Keith Emerson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Ernie Watts and, most recently, Peter Sadlo.