winner of the Sena Performers European Guitar Award 2022

(Photo by Lee Millward)

The English guitar-player Steve Hackett is the winner of the Sena Performers European Guitar Award 2022 (SEGA). The legendary musician from London, will receive the award at a special ceremony on October 27th in the Dutch city of Bergen op Zoom.

"I'm both thrilled and honoured to be offered the Sena European Guitar Award 2022. I very much look forward to playing at the ceremony and to receiving the award. With my thanks to all the organisers." Steve Hackett

An impressive list of former winners of the Sena Performers European Guitar Award led the way for Mr Hackett: Slash from Guns N' Roses, Brian May from Queen, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, John Petrucci, Joe Satriani, Walter Trout and Steve Lukather from the band Toto are international names who came to Bergen op Zoom to collect the award. Also Dutch stars like Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake), Jan Akkerman (Focus) and George Kooymans (Golden Earring) where previous winners of the SEGA. The jury of the SEGA states: "Mister Hackett is a true genius. A man who has developed such an authentic style in progressive rock, world music and acoustic guitarwork like no one else. During the last 50 years he made history with his unique way of playing. His skills as a composer, producer and bandleader and his unbelievable work-ethic are exceptional. Mr Hackett s a legend in his own right." Jack Pisters, chairman of the Sega is delighted with the choice. "We are exceptionally pleased to honor yet another exceptional guitarist and musician with the Sena Performers European Guitar Award. With his versatile, innovative, and virtuoso style, he was at the heart of the success of the legendary Symphonic bands Genesis and GTR and has been captivating audiences with his beautiful melodic playing, beautiful tone, harmonic insight, and technical feats for over 50 years. A true Musician's musician who always fascinates and continues to amaze!"

Jean-Paul Heck, chairman of the SEGA-Jury invited the guitar player for the SEGA already in 2016 in London: "Like the previous winners, Steve Hackett is a man who influenced millions guitar-players all over the world. Like Brian May, Slash, Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa Steve Vai, Steve Lukather, Jan Akkerman, Adrian Vandenberg and Walter Trout he is a musician who set the standard for many years to come. After his stunning career with Genesis, he built his beautiful solo-empire from the ground. Now Mr Hackett is at the top of his game, conquering the world as one of the greatest guitar players that ever lived and that is a majestic achievement."

Mr Hackett will receive the prize on October 27th in Gebouw-T, Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands.