ISM Distinguished Musician Award

The Distinguished Musician Award (DMA) was established by the ISM in 1976 to recognise the outstanding contribution that an individual (member or non-member) has made to musical life in the UK.

Recipients of the DMA:

  • 2017 Kathryn McDowell CBE DL
  • 2016 Oliver Knussen CBE
  • 2015 Dame Emma Kirkby DBE
  • 2014 Dame Felicity Lott DBE
  • 2013 Julian Lloyd Webber
  • 2012 Sir Antonio Pappano
  • 2011 Sarah Connolly CBE
  • 2010 Judith Weir CBE
  • 2009 John Stephens OBE
  • 2008 Sir Mark Elder CBE
  • 2007 Dame Janet Baker CH DBE
  • 2006 Dame Evelyn Glennie DBE
  • 2005 Pierre Boulez
  • 2004 Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE
  • 2003 John McCabe CBE
  • 2002 Sir Charles Mackerras AC CH CBE
  • 2001 Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE
  • 2000 Dame Fanny Waterman DBE
  • 1998 Sir David Willcocks CBE MC
  • 1997 Christopher Hogwood CBE
  • 1996 George Malcolm CBE
  • 1995 Sir Colin Davis CBE
  • 1993 Julian Bream CBE
  • 1991 Witold Lutoslawski HonRAM HonRNCM
  • 1990 Norman Del Mar CBE
  • 1986 Sir Simon Rattle CBE
  • 1984 Sir Charles Groves CBE
  • 1983 Sir Reginald Goodall CBE
  • 1982 Sir Michael Tippett OM CH CBE
  • 1981 Janet Craxton (posthumous)
  • 1980 Jacqueline du Pre OBE
  • 1979 Sir James Galway OBE
  • 1979 Sir Adrian Boult CH
  • 1978 Sir Peter Pears CBE
  • 1977 Sir William Walton OM
  • 1976 Sir Alexander Gibson CBE