Award given by the German Ministry of Eco-
nomics and Technology for musical instruments
distinguished by outstanding craftsmanship
and musical qualities
This year, the awards go to six workshops, five
from Bavaria and one from Saxony, for instruments in the categories cello and Renaissance
lute, 8-course, in G. The awards will be presented during the international Musikmesse at
a ceremony in the ‘Rotunde’ of the ‘Festhalle’ on
Friday, 23 March 2012.
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.
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.