The winner of the Award 2016
2018 - Fred Foster
When you ask Fred Foster about the secret of the success of Electronic Theatre Controls, he promptly replies: “We have the best people.” Then he says, “And when you have the best people, you have to continually provide them with new challenges”.
2017 - Christian Frederick Martin, IV
Christian Frederick Martin, IV was born on July 8, 1955. He grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and his connection with the family business was limited to occasional visits with his grandfather, Christian Frederick Martin, III, and to summer jobs working at the factory.
2015 - Martin König
Today, musicians don’t have to ask themselves where to put their guitar, their sheet music, or their microphone—it has become a given that a solution is readily available. With its instruments, mics, and music stands, seats, benches, and accessories, K&M has made it its mission to provide these solutions for more than 65 years.
2012 - Yoshihiro Hoshino
For many people, music represents a primal energy that feeds the human soul. In his heart Mr. Yoshihiro Hoshino has always believed this to be true, which has led him to dedicate most of his life to supporting the power of music through some of the world’s most recognized and beloved instruments: Ibanez guitars and Tama drums.
2011 - Meyer Sound—Bio of John and Helen
MeyerJohn and Helen Meyer co-founded Meyer Sound Laboratories in 1979 to make high-quality, professional sound systems that have since been used worldwide in Broadway and West End musicals, Cirque du Soleil productions, and by artists including Céline Dion, Metallica, Rod Stewart, and The Three Tenors. Meyer Sound products are also installed in prestigious venues around the world including the Berlin Philharmonie, Amway Center in Orlando, Nokia Concert Hall in Estonia, Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, Dublin’s Vicar Street, and Zellerbach Hall in the Bay Area.
2010 - Hartley Peavey
When most people dream of a successful career in music, it involves being on stage and making records. Although Hartley Peavey didn’t find success making music, he instead had a much greater success as a man who profoundly changed the world of music in his own way. If Hartley Peavey had realized his childhood dreams of becoming a Rock’n Roll musician, he might not have been able to make it easier for millions of musicians to realize their dreams. We can all be grateful that fate had chosen Hartley Peavey for something greater than being just another rock and roll musician...
2009 - Charlie Steinberg
10th mipa - Musikmesse International Press Award 2009 Music unites the World Lifetime Achievement Award.
2008 - Jim D'Addario
9th mipa - Musikmesse International Press Award 2008 Music unites the World Lifetime Achievement Award.
2007 - Remo D.Belli
mipa Musikmesse International Press Award 2007 Music unites the World Lifetime Achievement Award.
2006 - Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser
His goal is the ear. His approach is by sound wave. His vehicle is – audio technology. Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser and his teams have developed the external mechanisms that make the innermost mechanisms of humans swing: He has revolutionized the experience of speach and music in many ways and has made the game of sound understandable.
2005 - Robert Zildjian
mipa Musikmesse International Press Award 2005 Music unites the World Lifetime Achievement Award.
2004 - Tsutomu Katoh
It is a special honour for me to present the MIPA Lifetime Achievement Award to a man who has proven his strategic vision and entrepeneurial spirit since the early 60s, when he founded one of todays most innovative companies in 1962 together with an engineering graduate, who at that time regularly worked as an accordionist in a nightclub owned by our award-winner
2003 - Bill Schultz
mipa Musikmesse International Press Award 2003 Music unites the World Lifetime Achievement Award.
2002 - Ikutaro Kakehashi
It's not much of an exaggeration to say that Mr. Kakehachi's life story is every bit as colorful as Roland's current product range. If we were to pay respect to every noteworthy aspect of his long and fascinating journey, we would still be here tomorrow. On the other hand, we're here to pay honor to one of the most extraordinary people in the music business