The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) today awarded its 2012 Distinguished Musician award to Sir Antonio Pappano in recognition of his outstanding contribution to musical life in the UK. He joins a roster of some of the greatest names in music - previous recipients have included Dame Janet Baker, Pierre Boulez, Jacqueline du Pre, Sir William Walton, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
Suzi Digby OBE, President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, said: ‘In offering Sir Antonio Pappano its Distinguished Musician Award for 2012, the ISM is acknowledging the immense contribution he has made and continues to make to the UK’s musical life.”
In the ISM's press release Sir Tony said: “When I perused the list of previous ISM Award recipients I gulped! To be included in such an illustrious pantheon is an honour. The Society does crucial work to keep classical music alive, well and relevant in this country, especially for young people, so I am very proud indeed to be associated with it” - sentiments he reiterated when he was presented with the treble clef-shaped award earlier this evening at the Royal Opera House.
He did have one question though: "Is there a bass-shaped one for bad musicians as well?"