Salomon Prize goes to Lennox Mackenzie

22 Apr 2017

LSO violinist and longstanding chairman Lennox Mackenzie has been awarded the RPS / ABO Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians.

Lennox Mackenzie, sub-leader and former Chairman of the London Symphony Orchestra has been awarded prestigious RPS/ABO Salomon prize. When presenting the awards, the RPS and ABO said:

"The role of Chairman of the LSO is time-consuming and demanding. It is a tribute to Lennox’s innate ability, his love of music, and his generosity of spirit that he was able to undertake this role for such an extensive period while sustaining his quality of playing as a violinist at the front of the LSO.
Lennox has commanded the highest respect and authority with his colleagues in the orchestra, and with conductors and soloists. He is much respected and loved by the LSO’s wider family of supporters – sponsors, individual donors and Friends. He has wisdom, strength of character, good judgement and diplomacy that has served the LSO well over these many years.”

He was presented with the Award by RPS Executive Director, Rosemary Johnson and Director of the ABO, Mark Pemberton at a London Symphony Orchestra concert on Sunday 23 April at the Barbican (pictured below).

The UK boasts many of the world’s finest orchestras, many of which have trophy cabinets bursting with awards in testimony to their brilliance on the concert platform and in the recording studio. Yet, the contribution of individual musicians within an orchestra often goes unnoticed. The Salomon Prize was created by the Royal Philharmonic Society and Association of British Orchestras in 2011 to celebrate the ‘unsung heroes’ of orchestral life; the orchestral players that make our orchestras great. The award is named after Johann Peter Salomon, violinist and founding member of the Philharmonic Society in 1813. Each year, players in all orchestras across the UK are asked to nominate a colleague who has been ‘an inspiration to their fellow players, fostered greater spirit of teamwork and shown commitment and dedication above and beyond the call of duty’.

Download the press release

Read more about Lennox Mackenzie

23 April 2017


Diana Burrell, composer and Artistic Director of the Harwich Festival, Essex: The RPS is such an important organisation - where would music be without it?


The RPS Gold Medal for outstanding musicianship has been awarded only 100 times since 1871.