1950 - 1999

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 - 18991900 - 1949 /  1950 - 1999 /  2000 to date
 

1950
John Barbirolli

1953
Kathleen Ferrier

1954
Igor Stravinsky

1957
Bruno Walter

1959
Malcolm Sargent

1961
Artur Rubinstein

1962
Yehudi Menuhin

1963
Arthur Bliss
Pierre Monteux

1964
Lionel Tertis
Benjamin Britten

1966
Dmitri Shostakovich

1967
Zoltán Kodály

1970
Mstislav Rostropovich

1974
Vladimir Horowitz

1975
Olivier Messiaen

1976
Michael Tippett

1980
Clifford Curzon

1984
Herbert von Karajan

1986
Andres Segovia
Witold Lutoslawski

1987
Leonard Bernstein

1988
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

1989
Georg Solti

1990
Claudio Arrau
Janet Baker
Bernard Haitink
Sviatoslav Richter

1991
Isaac Stern

1992
Alfred Brendel

1994
Colin Davis

1995
Elliott Carter
Rafael Kubelik

1997
Pierre Boulez

OUR MEMBERS

Andrew Keener, independent recording producer: The world would be poorer without live musicmaking. More power to the RPS's essential support of a vital artform.

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1824 the Philharmonic Society paid Beethoven 50 pounds to commission his 9th Symphony.