RPS/ABO Salomon Prize

Winner of The Salomon Prize 2015 Announced

RSNO clarinetist John Cushing awarded prestigious RPS/ABO Salomon Prize.


John Cushing of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has become the fourth recipient – of the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize, a prestigious award celebrating the outstanding contribution of orchestral players to the UK’s musical life.

The players of the RSNO describe John Cushing as:

    “a powerful communicator, a natural leader and an incredible musician and colleague. He has shown outstanding service to the RSNO, joining in 1978 and has provided support, commitment and a generosity of character that is second to none. Whether serving on the RSNO Board as the Player Director, in education work or as a soloist, he constantly seeks to share his passion for music. He has been a touchstone of the orchestra and we wish him all the best on his retirement.”

John was presented with his award by Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director of the Royal Philharmonic Society and Mark Pemberton, Director of the Association of British Orchestras, on stage at Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 27th February during a concert of music by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven conducted by Roger Norrington. He received a cheque for £1000 and will keep for one year the Salomon Prize Trophy – a soft-ground etching of Salomon made by William Daniell in 1810.

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.

John Cushing, who has recently retired, was Principal Clarinet with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for 36 years. He was nominated for the prize by his fellow musicians and the RSNO’s management.

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