The Salomon Prize

To highlight the talent and dedication within UK orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Society and Association of British Orchestras launched this annual award in 2011 to celebrate orchestral players - the unsung heroes that make our orchestras great.

Named after renowned violinist Johann Peter Salomon, one of the founding members of the Philharmonic Society in 1813, the £1000 Salomon Prize will be awarded each year to an individual musician who has shown commitment and dedication above and beyond the expected service asked by their orchestra over a single concert season. They will have been ‘an inspiration to their fellow colleagues and engendered a greater spirit of teamwork within the orchestra’. 

Johann Peter Salomon was born in Bonn. At the age of thirteen, he became a violinist in the court orchestra and six years later became the concert master of the orchestra of Prince Heinrich of Prussia. He moved to London in the early 1780s, where he worked as a composer and played violin both as a celebrated soloist and in a string quartet. He was one of the founder members of the Philharmonic Society and led the orchestra at its first concert on 8 March 1813. He made his first public appearance at Covent Garden on 23 March 1781.

The Salomon Prize is named in honour of this versatile and influential musician.

Many thanks to David and Selina Marks for supporting the award.

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