Most popular music stamp 2017 is the American issue commemorating the 200th anniversary of Mississippi’s statehood (USA 31.3.2017). The stamp is based on a 2009 photograph by Lou Bopp showing the hands and guitar of the blues musician Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes. The stamp was designed by Greg Breeding, who is therefore awarded the 2018 Yehudi-Menuhin-Trophy.
Greg Breeding studied design and typography at Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. He began his career as a designer for several non-profit organizations. In 1992 he co-founded the design agency Journey Group, where he works as creative director. In addition to his work as a designer he gives classes for non-profit organizations. Greg Breeding has already won several awards. He designed his first stamp for the US Postal Service in 2012.
Second place was reached by the Hungarian stamp for the 450th birthday of Claudio Monteverdi (Hungary 6.3.2017), designed by István Orosz.
The French issue for the ‘Fête du Timbre’ 2017, featuring the Edgar Degas painting “L’Etoile” (The Star) reached the third place. This design by Marion Favreau was issued on 11.3.2017.