Throughout its history, the Reina Sofía School of Music has created various awards and distinctions to reward the work of different personalities having international relevance in the academic field of music. H.M. Queen Sofía personally presents all the awards at the closing ceremonies of the school year or at other ceremonies held for this purpose.
Yehudi Menuhin Prize
In 1999, the Reina Sofía School of Music created the «Yehudi Menuhin Prize for Integration of the Arts and Education», a pioneering initiative among music awards in Spain. This prize is designed to recognise the work of great musicians from any country who have also stood out in the field of musical education.
This award honours the memory of the great master Yehudi Menuhin who, in addition to being an extraordinary violinist and conductor, generously got involved with his school in Surrey (England) as well as with other educational initiatives, such as at the Reina Sofía School, where he was a consultant and one of the most renowned collaborators.
Candidates for this award must be people of accredited international prestige in their artistic career as well as in musical training. They must be considered both artists and teachers.
Medals of Honour from the School
Each year, the school presents this distinction to personalities from the worlds of music and society in recognition of their work in support of the dissemination and development of musical culture. The medals are presented at the closing ceremony of each school year.
This acknowledgement is given to the course teachers from the School’s instrument chairs and is presented at the closing ceremony of the school year.
Medalla de Profesor Emérito
En la Clausura del Curso Académico 2018-2019, la reina doña Sofía hizo entrega de la primera Medalla de Profesor Emérito a Dmitri Bashkirov, profesor de la Cátedra de Piano Fundación Banco Santander, en reconocimiento a su vinculación a la Escuela Reina Sofía desde sus inicios en 1991. La Medalla de Profesor Emérito ha sido diseñada por Martín Chirino.