Britain’s Royal Philharmonic Society has today announced British composer and conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as their annual Gold Medal recipient.
'Peter Maxwell Davies has redefined what it means to be a composer and inspired new generations of musicians,' Society Chairman, John Gilhooly has said.
'I am absolutely delighted and couldn’t be more honoured to receive the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal … that’s the one I wanted!’ the 81 year old Maestro has said.
Maxwell Davies is the 102nd recipient of the accolade since the medal was founded in 1870 – in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Beethoven.
Previous Gold Medallist include: Vaughan Williams, Richard Strsuss, Janet Baker, Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich, Charles Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, György Kurtag, Sir Simon Rattle, András Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida and Antonio Pappano.