Johann-Heinrich-Merck-Preis

The »Johann-Heinrich-Merck-Preis für literarische Kritik und Essay« (Prize for Literary Criticism and Essay Writing) has been awarded by the German Academy for Language and Literature since 1964, financed by the Darmstadt-based Merck pharmaceutical company.
It is awarded annually at the autumn conference of the German Academy in Darmstadt. The Johann Heinrich Merck Prize has been endowed with €20,000 since 2013.

Awardees

Gerhard R. Koch

Journalist and Music critic
Born 22/4/1905

Johann-Heinrich-Merck-Preis 1999
Laudatory Address by Nike Wagner
Acceptance Speech by Gerhard R. Koch
Diploma

... der zu jenen Kunstkritikern gehört, die sachorientierte Integrität mit außerordentlicher kulturpolitischer Wachsamkeit zu verbinden wissen.

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Präsident Christian Meier
Vizepräsidenten Elisabeth Borchers, Peter Hamm, Norbert Miller, Beisitzer Giuseppe Bevilacqua, Kurt Flasch, Adolf Muschg, Erica Pedretti, Klaus Reichert