ISM | ISM Distinguished Musician Award Jump to main content

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:

  • 2019 Thomas Adès CBE
  • 2018 John Wilson
  • 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 Dame Sarah Connolly DBE
  • 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 CBE
  • 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