Each year, the Academy confers honorary awards to recognise those who have contributed significantly to the music profession or to the Academy itself.

There are several types of award:

  • Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DMus)
  • Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon RAM)
  • Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music (FRAM)
  • Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon FRAM)
  • Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM)
  • Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon ARAM)

Nomination process

Due to Covid-19, the nomination process has been suspended for 2020/21. The next nomination round will open in autumn 2021.

If you have any questions about our honorary awards, please contact honours@ram.ac.uk.

Limited to 300 former Academy students who have distinguished themselves within the music profession.

Richard Addison 1989

Christopher Adey 2003

Eleanor Alberga 2020

Raymond Allen 1994

Kenneth Alwyn 2000

Margaret Anderson 1979

Paul Archibald 2003

Irvine Arditti 1988

Craig Armstrong CBE 2005

Sheila Armstrong 1973

Stephen John Ashfield 2018

Katherine Baker 2010

Quintin Ballardie OBE 1986

Inon Barnatan 2017

Timothy Baxter 1979

Steuart Bedford 1972

Emma Bell 2007

Elinor Bennett 2006

Michael Berkeley CBE 1996

Emily Beynon 2002

Sir Harrison Birtwistle CH 1986

Richard Bissill 2005

Virginia Black 1991

Christian Blackshaw 1995

Howard Blake OBE 1989

Bonaventura Bottone 1998

Valerie Botwright 2011

Denis Bouriakov 2014

Timothy Bowers 2010

Christopher Bowers-Broadbent 1983

Douglas Boyd 1996

John Bradbury 2017

Nicholas Braithwaite 1978

James Brett 2014

Peter Bronder 2006

Christopher Brown 1992

Jeffrey Bryant 1998

Krystyna Budzynska 2012

Susan Bullock 1997

Iain Burnside 1996

Norma Burrowes 1992

David Butt 1975

Ruth Byrchmore 2012

George Caird 1989

Helen Callus 2014

Alexander Cameron 1972

Karel Chichon 2016

Allan Clayton 2017

Richard Clews 2004

Jo Cole 2016

John Constable 1986

Raymond Cooper 2003

David Corkhill 2005

Roger Coull 1998

Nigel Coxe 1968

Simon Crawford-Phillips 2010

Marcia Crayford 1989

Lucy Crowe 2014

David Cullen 2008

Diana Cummings 1983

Colin Currie 2008

Florence Daguerre De Hureaux 2013

Nicholas Daniel 1997

Jonathan Darlington 2007

Iestyn Davies MBE 2012

Neal Davies 2003

Odaline De La Martinez 1990

Rohan De Saram 1991

Rohan De Silva 2015

Richard Deakin 2003

Peter Dixon 2005

Kit Downes 2019

Deirdre Dundas-Grant 1989

Michael Dussek 1998

Philip Eastop 2000

Gregory Ellis 2004

Osian Ellis CBE 1961

Christopher Elton 1982

Kenneth Essex 2000

Richard Farnes 2010

Brian Ferneyhough 1998

Catrin Finch 2010

Lyn Fletcher 2007

Andrew Foster-Williams 2011

Philip Fowke 1987

Hadley Fraser 2016

Amelia Freedman OBE 1986

Rodney Friend MBE 1972

Rumon Gamba 2017

Thomas Gambold 1975

Philip Gammon 2002

Edward Gardner OBE 2008

Lesley Garrett CBE 1995

John Georgiadis 1972

Timothy Gill 2008

Sir Clive Gillinson 1995

Dame Evelyn Glennie DBE 1992

Christopher Glynn 2020

Jill Gomez 1986

Stephen Goss 2018

Rachel Gough 2002

Lucy Gould 2020

Thomas Gould 2017

John Gray 1984

Bernard Gregor-Smith 1983

Edward Gregson 1990

Benjamin Grosvenor 2016

Mary Hammond 1998

Gareth Hancock 2014

Lionel Handy 2010

Kathryn Harries 1990

Paul Harris 2010

Ruth Harte MBE 1971

Lesley Hatfield 2008

Ian Herbert 1998

Robert Hill 1989

Ian Hobson 1993

Daniel Hope 2007

William Houghton 1983

Monica Huggett 1993

Robert Hughes 1996

Gareth Hulse 2001

Laurence Jackson 2013

William Jackson 2002

Sir Karl Jenkins OBE 2003

Philip Jenkins 1983

Graham Johnson OBE 1984

Martin Jones 1983

Trevor Jones 2006

Skaila Kanga 1994

Miloš Karadaglić 2015

Jonathan Kelly 2004

Thomas Kelly 2003

Frederick Kempf 2006

Elizabeth Kenny 2011

Stewart Kershaw 1988

Diana Ketler 2016

Sunwook Kim 2019

Beryl Kimber OBE 1963

Gillian Knight 2000

Josephine Knight 2010

Gabriel Kwok 2003

Sholto Kynoch 2018

Katherine Lacy 2015

Simone Lamsma 2019

Sophia Langdon 2018

Brian Large 1991

Carmine Lauri 2006

Peter Lea-Cox 1984

Iain Ledingham 1996

Annie Lennox OBE 1997

Michael Lewin 1990

Jiwu Li 2013

Jack Liebeck 2018

Konstantin Lifschitz 2004

William Llewellyn MBE 1967

Frank Lloyd 2001

Dame Felicity Lott DBE 1986

Thomas Lowther 2011

John Lubbock 1999

Joanna MacGregor CBE 1994

James Mackenzie OBE 2015

Susanna Mälkki 2010

Gareth Malone OBE 2013

Christopher Maltman 2005

Jane Manning OBE 1984

Andrew Manze 1999

Philip Martin 1998

Anne Mason 2008

Lorna McGhee 2010

John McLeod CBE 1989

Leigh-Phillips Melrose 2020

Linda Merrick 2018

Joseph Middleton 2018

Nicholas Miller 2019

Graham Mitchell 2020

Chi-yu Mo 2019

Gabriela Montero 2007

Ludovic Morlot 2014

Simon Mulligan 2006

Mary Nash 1979

Steven Naylor 2000

Mary Nelson 2019

Paul Neville LVO, OBE 1972

Celia Nicklin 1985

Feng Ning 2014

Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE 1998

Michael Nyman 1991

Martin Outram 2001

Martin Owen 2006

David Owen Norris 1988

Dee Palmer 1994

Jonathan Papp 2014

David Parry 2014

Paul Patterson 1980

Daniel Pienaar 2014

Robert Plane 2014

Jonathan Plowright 2013

Quentin Poole 2004

Claire Powell 1993

Geoffrey Pratley 1977

Simon Preston CBE 1974

John Price 1997

Keith Puddy 1995

Sir Simon Rattle OM CBE 1984

Christopher Redgate 2015

Jonathan Rees-Williams 2002

David Rendall 1987

Francis Rhys 1977

Max Richter 2019

Jean Rigby 1989

Elizabeth Ritchie 2007

David Robertson 2001

David Robinson 1980

Anthony Robson 2000

Martin Ronchetti 1987

Anthony Rooley 1990

Barry Rose OBE 1989

David Russell 1997

Michael Schonwandt 2001

Anneke Scott 2018

Dominic Seldis 2010

James Shearman 2015

Philip Sheppard 2010

Peter Sheppard Skærved 2013

Brindley Sherratt 2010

Kenneth Sillito 1971

Paul Silverthorne 1995

Gwilym Simcock 2016

Dennis Simons 1979

Nicholas Skilbeck 2007

Gareth Small 2014

David Smith 1995

Pete Smith 2010

Howard Snell 2001

Ashley Solomon 2017

Charles Spencer 2000

Richard Steele 1998

Rodney Stewart 1989

Richard Stoker 1973

Meyer Stolow 1975

David Strange 1982

Richard Suart 2004

Yevgeny Sudbin 2010

Stanley Sulzmann 2008

Hilary Summers 2018

Ingrid Surgenor 2001

Derek Taylor 1980

David Theodore 1993

Augusta Read Thomas 2004

Peter Thomas 1988

Michael Thompson 1988

Marianne Thorsen 2005

Martino Tirimo 1979

Patsy Toh 1995

Bramwell Tovey 2004

Graham Treacher 1963

Robin Tritschler 2020

Matthew Truscott 2012

Valerie Tryon 1984

Rachel Tucker 2017

Sarah Tynan 2019

Elizabeth Vaughan 1965

Karen Vaughan 2014

Christopher Ventris 2003

Ilan Volkov 2005

John Wakefield 1965

Adam Walker 2016

John Wallace CBE 1990

Elizabeth Wallfisch 1997

Raphael Wallfisch 1989

Christopher Warren-Green 1989

Richard Watkins 1992

Nadine Weissmann 2017

Andrew West 2019

David White 2009

Jillian White 1994

Philip White 2001

Denis Wick 2002

Mark Wigglesworth 2002

Mark Wildman 1994

John Willan 2015

Llyr Williams 2011

Sioned Williams 2003

Christopher Willis 2012

David Wilson-Johnson 1988

Robert Winn 2011

James Wood 2000

Adam Woolf 2015

Jonathan Woolf 2013

Xuefei Yang 2012

Fabio Zanon 2014

Limited to 300 distinguished musicians who did not attend the Academy.

Emanuel Abbuhl 2010

Dame Jenny Abramsky DBE 2002

Salvatore Accardo 1988

John Adams 2004

Pierre-Laurent Aimard 2006

John Mark Ainsley 2014

Sir Thomas Allen CBE 1988

Marin Alsop 2011

Martha Argerich 2001

Sir Richard Armstrong CBE 1984

Vladimir Ashkenazy 1972

Eric Aubier 2016

Norman Bailey 1981

Simon Bainbridge 2002

Dame Janet Baker CH 1969

Michael Ball OBE 2020

Alison Balsom 2017

Daniel Barenboim 1975

Cecilia Bartoli 1999

Yuri Bashmet 1989

Django Bates 2000

Joshua Bell 2000

Nicola Benedetti CBE 2015

George Benjamin CBE 2003

William Bennett OBE 1988

Teresa Berganza 2002

Lisa Beznosiuk 2006

Harry Bicket 2018

Daphne Boden 1999

Florian Boesch 2016

Barbara Bonney 2001

Richard Bonynge 2015

Ian Bostridge CBE 2002

Maurice Bourgue 1990

Ian Bousfield 2002

Keith Bragg 2006

Adrian Brendel 2020

Alfred Brendel Hon KBE 1972

Charles Brett 1990

Dudley Bright 2003

Ian Brown 2019

Bine Bryndorf 2019

Semyon Bychkov 2015

John Caird 2019

David Cairns CBE 2000

Joseph Calleja 2016

John Carewe 1983

Gary Carpenter 2013

Colin Carr 2001

Jose Carreras 1990

Philip Cashian 2019

Riccardo Chailly 1996

Michael Chance CBE 2014

Geoffrey Chard 1984

Levon Chilingirian 2015

William Christie 2003

Kyung Chung 1991

Nicholas Cleobury 1985

Robert Cohen 2010

Michael Collins MBE 1997

Dame Sarah Connolly DBE 2019

Imogen Cooper CBE 1997

John Copley CBE 1999

Christopher Cowie 2018

Michael Cox 2019

Gordon Crosse 1980

Laurence Cummings 2005

Paul Daniel CBE 1999

Stephen Darlington MBE 2016

Mark David 2015

Ryland Davies 2012

Sir Andrew Davis CBE 1991

Carl Davis CBE 2020

Brett Dean 2020

Joyce DiDonato 2014

Steve Doane 2014

Placido Domingo 2000

Dave Douglas 2012

Jonathan Dove CBE 2013

Julius Drake 1999

Laurence Dreyfus FBA 1995

Gustavo Dudamel 2012

Sian Edwards 2018

James Ehnes 2012

Sir Mark Elder CBE 1984

Christoph Eschenbach 2001

Paul Esswood 1990

Margaret Faultless 2016

Iván Fischer 2013

Renee Fleming 2000

I P Fletcher 1966

Juan Diego Flórez 2013

Diane Forlano 1999

Ian Fountain 2014

Pamela Frank 2019

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood CBE 1997

Reinhold Friedrich 2011

Mauricio Fuks 1999

Peter Gabriel 2009

Sir James Galway OBE 1999

Sir John Eliot Gardiner 1992

Valery Gergiev 2000

Kenneth Gilbert 1988

Amanda Glauert 2007

Jane Glover CBE 2014

Kurt-Hans Goedicke 1997

Alexander Goehr 1974

Matthias Goerne 2001

Richard Goode 2017

Clio Gould 1999

Adam Guettel 2019

Ida Haendel CBE 1982

Emmanuelle Haim 2007

Sir Bernard Haitink Hon KBE 1973

Thomas Hampson 1996

Barbara Hannigan 2020

Hakan Hardenberger 1992

Patrick Harrild 1993

Maurice Hasson 1989

Joji Hattori 2003

Neil Heyde 2013

Edward Higginbottom 2014

David Hill MBE 2010

Dave Holland 2016

Heinz Holliger 1975

Peter Holtslag 2013

Stephen Hough CBE 2003

Elgar Howarth 1991

Anne Howells 2008

Kun Hu 2002

Steven Isserlis CBE 1995

Gundula Janowitz 2000

Sir Elton John CH CBE 1997

Dame Gwyneth Jones 1980

Karen Jones 2020

Timothy Jones 2014

Kim Kashkashian 2019

Jonas Kaufmann 2012

Sir Simon Keenlyside 2007

Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE 2005

Christopher Keyte 1984

Angelika Kirchschlager 2009

Dame Emma Kirkby OBE 1999

Ralph Kirshbaum 2017

Evgeny Kissin 2005

Lutz Kohler 1997

Ton Koopman 1990

Stephen Kovacevich 1981

Gidon Kremer 1999

Nicolas Kynaston 2010

Piers Lane 1994

Lang Lang 2012

Hugh Laurie 2018

Colin Lawson CBE 2015

Anthony Legge 2007

Karl Leister 1987

Raymond Leppard CBE 1978

Paul Lewis CBE 2011

John Lill 1986

Magnus Lindberg 2001

Tasmin Little OBE 2016

Robert Lloyd 1999

James Lockhart 1993

Matt Lucas 2020

Christa Ludwig 2000

Sir David Lumsden Hon FRCO 1978

Radu Lupu CBE 2000

Benjamin Luxon CBE 1980

William Lyne 1999

Yo-Yo Ma 1992

Matthew MacDonald 2014

Neil Mackie CBE 2011

Sir James MacMillan KBE 2007

Mischa Maisky 2019

Angela Malsbury 1991

Joy Mammen 1981

Andrew Marriner 1994

Wynton Marsalis 1996

Malcolm Martineau OBE 1998

Valerie Masterson CBE 1994

Colin Matthews 2010

Karita Mattila 2011

Sir Paul McCartney 2008

Audra McDonald 2018

Susan McDonald 2008

Julia McKenzie 2005

Duncan McTier 1998

Patrick Messina 2016

Colin Metters 1995

Tess Miller-Skeaping 1999

Yvonne Minton CBE 1975

Dame Ann Murray DBE 1998

Owen Murray 1993

Thea Musgrave 1976

Riccardo Muti 1981

Anne-Sophie Mutter 1986

Kent Nagano 1998

Martin Neary LVO 1988

Sheila Nelson 1997

Neresheim Abbey and Town 2016

Horst Neumann 1990

James Newton Howard 2008

Sir Roger Norrington CBE 1988

James O'Donnell 2001

Dennis O'Neill 2006

Robin O'Neill 2015

John Orford 1989

Steven Osborne 2015

Emmanuel Pahud 2007

Sir Antonio Pappano 2007

Ian Partridge 1996

Gyorgy Pauk 1990

Aleksandar Pavlovic 2006

Antony Pay 1986

Murray Perahia 1985

Neil Percy 2010

Itzhak Perlman 1993

Igor Petrushevski 2013

Trevor Pinnock CBE 1984

Stephen Plaistow 2003

Rachel Podger 2005

Joseph Polisi 1992

Robert Ponsonby CBE 1975

Sir David Pountney CBE 2012

Sir Curtis Price KBE 1993

Mark Racz 2014

Dame Janet Ritterman DBE 1995

Hannah Roberts 2018

Christopher Robinson CVO CBE 1980

Hartmut Rohde 2008

Sylvia Rosenberg 2003

Patrick Russill 1993

Matthew Ryan 2014

Esa-Pekka Salonen 2003

Sir András Schiff KBE 1989

Claude-Michel Schönberg 2017

Peter Schreier 2000

Anoushka Shankar 2020

Howard Skempton 2012

Leonard Slatkin 1993

Nick Smart 2015

Maureen Smith 2020

Philip Smith 2005

Stephen Sondheim 1992

Simon Standage 2010

Imelda Staunton CBE 2018

Richard Stokes 2008

Kathryn Stott 2013

Jeremy Summerly 2006

Anna Sweeney 2001

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider 2020

Gabor Takacs-Nagy 2012

Richard Taruskin 2001

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa DBE 2003

Sir Bryn Terfel CBE 2000

Christian Thielemann 2010

David Titterington 2008

Yan-Pascal Tortelier 2002

Sir John Tusa 1999

Dame Mitsuko Uchida DBE 2009

Mark Van De Wiel 2017

Jorgen van Rijen 2018

Julia Varady 2001

Tamas Vasary 1992

Josephine Veasey CBE 1972

Maxim Vengerov 1997

Roger Vignoles 1984

Radovan Vlatkovic 2014

Anne Sofie von Otter 2002

Sarah Walker 2015

Angus Watson 1987

Lillian Watson 2012

Dame Gillian Weir DBE 1989

Judith Weir 1997

Frank Wibaut 1989

Jonathan Willcocks 1996

John Williams OBE 1989

John Williams 1995

Arthur Wills OBE 1974

Helmut Winschermann 1992

Norma Winstone 2013

Catherine Wyn-Rogers 2018

Francesca Zambello 1999

Pinchas Zukerman 1976

Honorary Trustees

The title of Honorary Trustee is awarded to retired Independent Members of the Governing Body to recognise their distinguished service to the Academy.

Sir Rodric Braithwaite GCMG

The Right Honourable Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill Kt CVO PC

Sir Howard Davies Hon FRAM

Matthew Ferrey Hon FRAM

Lesley Garrett CBE FRAM

Sam Gordon Clarke CBE

Lady Heywood

Professor Sir Barry Ife CBE FKC FBbk Hon FRAM FRCM FGS

Steven Isserlis CBE Hon FRAM

The Right Honourable The Lord Lloyd of Berwick PC DL

Dame Felicity Lott DBE FRAM FRCM

George Nissen CBE

Robert Ogden Hon FRAM

Professor Roger Parker Hon FRAM

Laurel Powers-Freeling

Christopher Purvis CBE

Sir John Ritblat

Sir Simon Robey

Lady Elise Becket Smith OBE Hon FRAM

Sir Martin Smith Hon FRAM

Nicholas Snowman OBE

John Suchet

Anthony Travis Hon FRAM

John Willan FRAM FRSA FCA

Julia Yorke Hon FRAM