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 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 Peter Sadlo.
Winner of the Frankfurt Music Prize 2017: David Garrett
Recently the award was honored to David Garrett. 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.