While the storms couldn't keep the crowds away, Musikmesse got off to sad start today as it was revealed that Wilhelm-Peter "Charly" Hosenseidl sadly passed away earlier this month aged 62.
Hosenseidl spent his final years as an entertainer, having had trouble settlng into a life of inactivity after retiring from his position as brand manager for Messe Frankfurt - the company with which he enjoyed a 24-year career.
In 1989, Hosenseidl was able to combine his love of music with his expertise in the trade fair sector in becoming director of Musikmesse. It was during his time at the helm that Prolight + Sound was founded in 1995.
By 2001, he was busy as brand development manager and introduced Prolight + Sound Saint Petersburg. Later, in 2002 he founded Music China, and then Prolight + Sound Shanghai in 2003.