FRANKFURT, Germany (AVING Special Report on ‘Musikmesse 2010’) — <Visual News> The Frankfurt Music Prize 2010 goes to Keith Emerson, keyboard player and founding member, with Greg Lake, of the progressive-rock band, Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
(Photo: Keith Emerson, keyboard player and founding member of the progressive-rock band, Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
The presentation will take place at the ‘Römer’, Frankfurt’s Town Hall, on the eve of the Musikmesse, 23 March 2010. The Board of Trustees of the Frankfurt Music Prize describe Keith Emerson as an innovative artist who has not only pushed out the genre’s boundaries with his music but also had a decisive influence on the technology of electronic keyboard instruments through his keyboard playing.
Worth € 15,000, the Frankfurt Music Prize is donated by the Federal Association of German Musical Instrument Manufacturers and Messe Frankfurt GmbH. It will be presented by the Head of the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Frankfurt, Prof. Felix Semmelroth. The speech in hour of Keith Emerson will be given by Greg Lake, a founding member of Emerson’s most important band, Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Additionally, the prize winner will give an exclusive short performance during the presentation ceremony.
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.
It is awarded to musicians, composers, teachers and personalities from the world of music for special achievements in the fields of interpretation, composition, musicology or teaching.
The winners are chosen from the fields of classic, pop or jazz and, in alternate years, the Frankfurt Music Prize is presented to an individual from the classical or pop (rock, pop, jazz) sectors. In 2010, the Frankfurt Music Prize will go to a personality from the world of pop music.