London Symhpony Orchestra violinist Lennox Mackenzie was awarded the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians for his "innate ability, love of music, generority of spirit" and his "wisdom, strength of character, good judgement and diplomacy that has served the LSO well over so many years."
Mackenzie has been a member of the LSO since 1980, and within this 36-year period served as a Board Member, and as Chairman twice, from 1988-92 and then from 2004 until he handed over the reins in February 2016. He is the longest serving Chairman in the LSO's 112-year history.
In its citation, the RPS and ABO said:
“The role of Chairman of the LSO is time-consuming and demanding. It is a tribute to Lennox’s innate ability, his love of music, and his generosity of spirit that he was able to undertake this role for such an extensive period while sustaining his quality of playing as a violinist at the front of the LSO. Lennox has commanded the highest respect and authority with his colleagues in the orchestra, and with conductors and soloists. He is much respected and loved by the LSO’s wider family of supporters – sponsors, individual donors and Friends. He has wisdom, strength of character, good judgement and diplomacy that has served the LSO well over these many years.”