The German conductor Kurt Masur will receive the German ECHO Klassik award 2010 for lifetime achievement.

The 83-year-old will accept the price at the ECHO Klassik gala on Oct. 17 at the Philharmonic Theatre in Essen. German TV channel ZDF will broadcast the gala on 10pm on the same day.

The ceremony is organized by the German Phono-Academy, the cultural institution of the association of the German music industry (BVMI).

The ECHO Klassik lifetime award has previously gone to Montserrat Caballé (2007), and the tenors José Carreras (2008) and Plácido Domingo (2009).

In the 27 years as conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus-Orchestra, Masur gave over 900 concerts worldwide. He also worked with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France.