RPS ABO Orchestra Musician Award

dedicated to Johann Peter Salomon

Orchestral musicians are extraordinary. They dedicate years to perfecting their craft. They perform centuries of repertoire with fluency and verve. Their schedules are as physically intensive as Olympic athletes. Beyond invigorating concerts, they devote themselves to so much invaluable work in their local communities, increasingly called upon to inspire, fortify and help the comfort and recovery of people with acute physical and mental health conditions.

Since 2012, the Royal Philharmonic Society and Association of British Orchestras have united to present an award in recognition of the extraordinary orchestral musicians working in Britain today. Initially this was called the Salomon Prize in recognition of violinist Johann Peter Salomon (1745 – 1815) who did so much to enrich the impact and spirit of classical music in Britain, not least encouraging Haydn to come to Britain, and co-founding the RPS. We will continue to present the award in dedication to him but, in its tenth anniversary, we renamed it RPS ABO Orchestra Musician Award to make its purpose more immediately apparent and draw greater interest to this profession so deserving of such recognition.

We will post here and on our social media @RoyalPhilSoc, and be in touch with all ABO member orchestras, when applications newly open for the award. For your reference, here follows information on the award and what applications have entailed in previous years.

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Who can be nominated?

The Orchestra Musician Award is for musicians who play in any orchestra that is a member of the ABO. Each member orchestra may nominate one such player every year. They can be a contracted, freelance or guest player engaged to perform regularly in the orchestra, and should be resident in the UK.

Please note, the prize is not a lifetime achievement award nor a record of long service. Duly, it has no age range. It is intended to reflect accomplishments in the previous year. When nominating, we ask you to account the player’s achievements not only onstage but in making a truly distinctive and valued contribution to the life and community of the orchestra, providing testimony and weblinks that demonstrate what they have accomplished.

Optimally, nominations should be kept confidential from the nominees throughout the process.

How can I nominate?

Please note, applications for the RPS ABO Orchestra Musician Award are closed, and we will post here and on our social media @RoyalPhilSoc, and be in touch with all ABO member orchestras, when they newly open.

As each orchestra operates differently, they may govern for themselves who may be considered for nomination and the process by which they decide upon an eventual candidate. Each orchestra’s entry should not exceed three A4 pages comprising the following:

  1. A statement outlining the nominee’s exceptional commitment and accomplishments in the previous year, not only onstage but towards the overall life and community of the orchestra. This may also include up to 3 short quotes from other members of the orchestra, its audience and wider community, saying in their own words why they feel this player deserves particular recognition.
  2. Any useful supporting information, such as images, footage, publicity or press coverage relating specifically to the nominee.
  3. A current biography or CV for the nominee.

For your reference, previous guidelines are available to download here or via the link at the bottom of this page.

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