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Awards at Musikmesse

A variety of important awards will be presented during the Musikmesse in Frankfurt am Main.

PRG Live Entertainment Award (PRG LEA)

PRG Live Entertainment Award at Festhalle Frankfurt

The PRG LEA (Live Entertainment Award) is the official opening event of Prolight + Sound and Musikmesse. Outstanding achievements of the event industry will be honoured at a high-grade gala evening in the ‘Festhalle Frankfurt’.

This event is unparalleled in Europe and the almost 1,400 invited guests represent a cross section of the event industry. In 14 categories, concert promoters, agencies, artists’ managers and venue operators, in some cases with the stage artists, will be honoured for successful tours, shows, festivals and individual events and outstandingly managed locations.

All renowned personalities from the sector will be there.

The PRG Live Entertainment Award 2020 will be presented on 30 March 2020 at the Festhalle Frankfurt.

Frankfurt Music Prize

French Quatuor Ébène string quartet
Frankfurt Music Prize 2019 goes to Quatuor Ébène

The Frankfurt Music Prize has been awarded since 1982 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 Frankfurt Music Prize 2019 goes to the French Quatuor Ébène string quartet. The Frankfurt Music Prize is given annually within the framework of the Musikmesse and honours personalities who have made a special contribution to the international music scene and culture.

The Trustees of the Frankfurt Music Prize acclaim Quatuor Ébène as an outstanding ensemble whose electrifying playing is characterised by passion, complete fidelity to the original works and a simultaneous delight in improvisation. Through their seemingly effortless crossover into the world of jazz, the musicians have succeeded in increasing public awareness of the string quartet as the elite of chamber music, as well as attracting more people, especially younger people, to the concert halls. Moreover, the members of Quatuor Ébène – Pierre Colombet, Gabriel Le Magadure, Marie Chilemme and Raphaël Merlin – also pass on their outstanding skills and expertise to the coming generation of musicians in master classes

The Quatuor Ébène string quartet was founded in 1999 at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory in France. The group first came to international attention in 2004 after winning first prize in the string quartet category at the ARD International Music Competition. Subsequently, the ensemble went on to become firmly established on the musical landscape with a reputation for versatility and a repertoire ranging from classic works to interpretations of well-known film soundtracks and pop songs. Over the intervening years, Quatuor Ébène has won numerous international prizes, including the BBC Music Magazine Award, the Gramophone Award, the Midem Classic Award and various ECHO Klassik awards.

International German Piano Award

International German Piano Award

Talent, passion and musical talent unite the prize-winners and nominees for the International German Piano Award. They enthral their audience by their energetic interpretations of the works of the great composers.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the International German Piano Award, the International Piano Forum will be presenting the prize-winner for 2020, plus two further virtuosos who have already emerged from the International German Piano Award.

On Sunday 29 and Monday 30 March the three preliminary rounds will be held in the Literaturhaus Frankfurt. The 2020 prize-winner will then make his debut in the Great Hall of the Alte Oper Frankfurt and will be presented with the International German Piano Award.

The preliminary rounds:

29 MARCH – Literaturhaus Frankfurt
9.30 a.m. –  1 p.m. First Round, with six nominated pianists
2.15 – 4.30 p.m. Second Round, with four nominated pianists

30 MARCH – Literaturhaus Frankfurt
10.00 – 11.45 a.m. Finale, with two finalists

31 MARCH Gala Concert, Great Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt
7.00 – 10.30 p.m.


FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2
Pavel Baleff, conductor | Prize-winner 2020, soloist

Pyotr Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Nimrod David Pfeffer, conductor | Alexei Melnikov, soloist

Yalchin Adigezalov, conductor | Dmitri Levkovich, soloist

Baden-Baden Philharmonic, orchestra

Following the performances by the three soloists, the award will take place of the FAZ Audience Prize.


Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA)

Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA) is the 'Grammy' of the musical instrument sector. Every year on the occasion of the Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound, journalists from over 100 international trade magazines choose the best products of the musical instrument and professional audio industry for the Musikmesse International Press Award. Under the auspices of the MM-Musik-Media-Verlag and Musikmesse, the international music journalists meet in Frankfurt to select the MIPA winners in over 40 categories.

The awards will be presented to the winners for outstanding products in a grand evening event with over 300 representatives of international manufacturers and distributors.

Over the years, the Musikmesse International Press Award has developed into the 'Grammy' of the musical instrument and professional audio sectors.

The “MIPA Lifetime Achievement Award” will be handed over to Fred Gretsch. The award honours the Gretsch CEO’s exceptional accomplishments for the music industry.

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Best Edition Music Award

Winners of the Best Edition Music Award 2019
Gewinner des Best Edition Music Award 2019

Every year, the German Music Publishers' Association (Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband e.V.) presents the Best Edition Music Award during the Musikmesse.

In the field of music literature, the Best Edition Music Awardhonours publications of sheet music and music books meeting high editorial, graphic and publishing standards. The German Music Publishers' Association founded the Best Edition Music Award in 1991.

The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, 2 April 2020 at 11.00 a.m. in the Networking Forum.

More information about the Best Edition Music Award

European School Music Prize

European School Music Prize 019
European School Music Prize 2019

The European School Music Prize (ESP) honours the outstanding achievements of teachers in the field of music education in schools. For the 10th year running, the Society Of Music Merchants (SOMM) is announcing the ESP. The purpose of the prize is to document, honour and draw public attention to methodically creative work with music instruments in order to promote active music making in schools. 

Teachers and pupils from the whole German-speaking area as well as German schools in foreign European countries are called up to submit their innovative methods and projects in music classes for the school year 2019/20 online, documented in a five-minute video. The video documentations of the prize winners will be made public on the website of the European School Music Prize, and shall serve as pool of ideas and source of inspiration for other teachers.

The award ceremony will be part of the Musikmesse in Frankfurt.

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Competition for extraordinary musical instruments

Frau mit E-Geige

Submit your designs of exceptional instruments now. Everything is allowed and nothing too special, it is only important that you are the inventor of the instrument. A top-class jury assesses all entries. The most original three instruments will be shown prominently at Musikmesse in April 2020 and awarded.

The winners will be awarded with the following prices:

  1. Place: Award - 500€ price money
  2. Place: Certificate - 300€ price money
  3. Place: Certificate - 200€ price money

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