Roy Benson was presented with the 2012 Salomon Award on stage at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert at the Cadogan Hall on Tuesday 30 October. Roy was nominated by his fellow musicians and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s management for his unstinting service to the orchestra over three decades, and for a generosity of spirit and heart which has seen him, as co-principal of the double bass section, provide outstanding leadership and support. He received a cheque for £1000 and will keep the Salomon Prize trophy for one year. Read more…
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.