1900 - 1949

The RPS Gold Medal was initiated in 1870 to commemorate the centenary of Beethoven’s birth and bears the image of Beethoven. It is the Society’s highest honour and is awarded internationally for the most outstanding musicianship.

1871 - 1899  /  1900 - 1949 /  1950 - 19992000 to date
 

1900
Edward Lloyd

1901
Eugene Ysaÿe

1902
Jan Kubelik

1903
Clara Butt

1904
Fritz Kreisler

1909
Louise Kirkby Lunn

1910
Emil Sauer

1912
Pablo Casals
Harold Bauer
Luisa Tetrazzini

1914
Muriel Foster

1916
Vladimir de Pachmann

1921
Henry Wood

1922
Alexander Mackenzie

1932
Alfred Cortot

1925
Frederick Delius
Edward Elgar

1928
Thomas Beecham

1930
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Gustav Holst

1931
Arnold Bax

1932
Sergei Rachmaninov

1934
Edward German,
Hamilton Harty

1935
Jean Sibelius

1936
Richard Strauss

1937
Felix Weingartner
Arturo Toscanini

1942
Myra Hess

1944
Serge Prokofiev
Adrian Boult

1947
William Walton

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DID YOU KNOW?

In October 1970, Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto received its world premiere, having been commissioned by the RPS. The soloist was Rostropovich, who received our highest honour, the Gold Medal, the same year.