David Rimbault, a player in the second violins of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, has been awarded the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize, which celebrates an orchestral player who is ‘an inspiration to their fellow players, fosters greater spirit of teamwork and shows commitment and dedication above and beyond the call of duty”. At 37 years of age, he is one of the youngest recipients of the prestigious annual award, and was nominated by fellow Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musicians for his tireless commitment to the orchestra and its audiences. The Salomon Prize trophy, an 1810 soft-ground etching of Salomon by William Daniell, was presented to him by Mark Pemberton, Director of the Association of British Orchestras, and Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director of the Royal Philharmonic Society, on stage at an Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Thursday 22 March 2018, recorded by BBC Radio 3 for future broadcast.
David has been a member of the Orchestra for six years, has served on the orchestra committee for five of those (three as committee chair) and acts as the Musicians Union representative. He is also a familiar face to Orchestra audiences and supporters, regularly attending pre-concert receptions and orchestra events to meet music enthusiasts and promote the orchestra’s music-making. With a view to supporting the next generation of orchestral musicians, David also volunteers to mentor student violinists as part of the orchestra’s professional access scheme and gives talks about orchestral life at the Royal Northern College of Music.
The Salomon Prize was created by the Royal Philharmonic Society and Association of British Orchestras in 2011 to celebrate the orchestral players that make our orchestras great, and give public recognition for the enormous contribution orchestral musicians make both on, and off the concert platform. The £1000 award is named after Johann Peter Salomon, violinist and founding member of the Philharmonic Society in 1813. Each year, players in all orchestras across the UK are asked to nominate a colleague who has been ‘an inspiration to their fellow players, fostered greater spirit of teamwork and shown commitment and dedication above and beyond the call of duty’. David Rimbault is the seventh recipient of the award, with previous recipients drawn from orchestras across the UK, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
In its citation, the RPS and ABO said: “David Rimbault is the embodiment of what the Salomon Prize is all about – an adept and enthusiastic navigator of modern orchestral life, and a passionate advocate for the Orchestra to be as fair, inclusive, progressive and enjoyable a place to work as possible. Behind the scenes, he works tirelessly and generously to promote positivity and cohesion, and to forge links between the orchestra and management with audience members and donors. As Orchestra committee chair, he has proved to be a passionate and motivational leader; working alongside other committee members to maintain and improve the orchestra’s working conditions. Friendly, sociable and popular, he is a great source of cohesion, morale and motivation across the organisation. Through the example he sets, he enfranchises and encourages individuals to contribute and to play an active role in the life of the orchestra. If this were not enough, he has also attended approaching one hundred pre-concert receptions and other audience/donor events; he is one of the orchestra’s health and safety representatives; has volunteered to be a mentor for student violinists and given talks to inspire the next generation of players. We are delighted to present him with the 2018 RPS/ABO Salomon Prize.”