Frankfurt Music Prize

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.   

Winner of the Frankfurt Music Prize 2018

Das Bundesjazzorchester (BuJazzO)

The Bundesjazzorchester (German Jazz Orchestra – BuJazzO) is to be honoured with the Frankfurt Music Prize 2018.

The Board of Trustees of the Frankfurt Music Prize Foundation praised the Bundesjazzorchester as a valuable bridge between musical training and career, and as an important driving force for successful jazz music in the future. It also emphasised the significance of the orchestra’s work and its musical competence for the self-esteem, seriousness, professionalism and acceptance of jazz in Germany. Moreover, as a cultural ambassador, the Bundesjazzorchester has formed many links of friendship and frequently presented a new aural visiting card of ‘Jazz made in Germany’ on its numerous concert tours.

About the Bundesjazzorchester

Founded in 1988 by German band leader Peter Herbolzheimer as a training orchestra for outstanding talents, the Bundesjazzorchester has had a significant impact on the jazz scene in Germany. Often called the ‘BuJazzO’, the orchestra brings together the best jazz musicians of a generation and, in addition to Till Brönner, the approximately 900 musicians that have graduated from it to date include renowned names such as Frank Chastenier, Roger Cicero, Tom Gaebel, Pablo Held, Julia Hülsmann, Frederik Köster, Robert Landfermann, Steffen Schorn, Matthias Schriefl, Sebastian Sternal, Florian Weber, Peter Weniger, Nils Wogram, Michael Wollny and Nils Wülker.

The Bundesjazzorchester is a project of the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat). Over the years since its founding, it has recorded 14 albums and received numerous important awards. Since 2011, the orchestra has had a dual artistic leadership: big-band and trombone legend Professor Jiggs Whigham and composer, arranger and saxophonist Professor Niels Klein. The Bundesjazzorchester is made up of young musicians aged between 17 and 24, most of whom study at German and international conservatoires. Their programme has always comprised works by major composers and arrangers from the history of jazz, as well as young, up-and-coming talents.

The Bundesjazzorchester is sponsored by the German Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ), the Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten performing-rights organisation, Daimler AG and the Westdeutscher Rundfunk broadcasting station.

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