The Gold Medal

Strings players in the Music Hall, rehearsing in real time over the low latency network

The Gold Medal

The Guildhall School’s premier music prize was founded and endowed by Sir H. Dixon Kimber in 1915 and since the 1950s it has been open to singers and instrumentalists in alternate years. The final traditionally takes place in May each year in a sold-out Barbican Hall.

Previous winners include Jacqueline du Pré (1960), Tasmin Little (1986), and Bryn Terfel (1989).

Recent Winners

In recent years, the Gold Medal has been won by:

Gold Medal Winners since 1980

  • 2021, Tom Mole (baritone)
  • 2020, Soohong Park (piano)
  • 2019, Samantha Clarke (soprano)
  • 2018, Joon Yoon (piano)
  • 2017, Josep-Ramon Olivé (baritone)
  • 2016, Oliver Wass (harp)
  • 2015, Jennifer Witton (soprano) & Marta Fontanals-Simmons (mezzo-soprano)
  • 2014, Michael Petrov (cello)
  • 2013, Magdalena Malendowska
  • 2012, Ashley Fripp (piano)
  • 2011, Natalya Romaniw
  • 2010, Martyna Jatkauskaite
  • 2009, Gary Griffiths
  • 2008, Sasha Grynyuk
  • 2007, Katherine Broderick
  • 2006, Anna-Liisa Bezrodny
  • 2005, Anna Stephany
  • 2004, Boris Brovtsyn
  • 2003, Susanna Andersson 
  • 2002, David Cohen 
  • 2001, Sarah Redgwick 
  • 2000, Maxim Rysanov 
  • 1999, Natasha Jouhl 
  • 1998, Alexander Somov 
  • 1997, Konrad Jarnot 
  • 1996, Stephen de Pledge 
  • 1995, Jane Stevenson 
  • 1994, Richard Jenkinson 
  • 1993, Nathan Berg 
  • 1992, Katherine Gowers 
  • 1991, William Dazeley 
  • 1990, Eryl Lloyd-Williams 
  • 1989, Bryn Terfel 
  • 1998, Simon Smith 
  • 1987, Juliet Booth 
  • 1986, Tasmin Little 
  • 1985, Peter Rose 
  • 1984, Kyoko Kimura 
  • 1983, Carol Smith 
  • 1982, Simon Emes 
  • 1981, Susan Bickley 
  • 1980, Julian Tear