The EUYO gives Awards to players annually for exemplifying musicianship, performance skill and/or the creation of an atmosphere of harmony and understanding.


The Sir Ian Stoutzker Award

Generously offered by the Orchestra’s Co-Chairman and Orchestra Board Chairman Sir Ian Stoutzker, CBE, this will provide one or more musicians with an award for performance excellence and embodying the EUYO spirit of cultural understanding, cooperation and harmony. As a young man Sir Stoutzker trained at the Royal College of Music under Albert Sammons, before eventually choosing a new path at the London School of Economics. It has been said of him, ‘Perhaps no musician has ever done so much for music after choosing a new career.’ The Orchestra is delighted to benefit from his remarkable commitment and generous guidance.

The Aleksandar Pavlović Award

Set up in 2008 with a generous donation from the Orchestra’s Co-founders Lionel and Joy Bryer, the award is a tribute to Aleksandar Pavlović, the long-standing and former Artistic Director of the International Youth Foundation and violin tutor to the European Union Youth Orchestra. He is Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade and Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has also led master classes in the USA, Greece and the UK. 

The Lionel Bryer Memorial Fund Award

Created in 2011, the Lionel Bryer Memorial Fund Award, is designed to support a young musician who has demonstrated huge musical talent and potential, but whose development and career would benefit greatly from financial assistance. Lionel Bryer was a highly successful London dental surgeon who, inspired by a love of music and the desire to foster good relations with other countries by educating young people in their cultures, co-founded the International Youth Foundation along with his wife, Joy. Through it they also co-founded the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and the European Community Youth Orchestra (now the European Union Youth Orchestra). Originally from South Africa, Lionel was a talented violinist and sportsman, as well as a Rhodes Scholar.


2019 Recipients

2018 Recipients

2017 Recipients

2016 Recipients

2015 Recipients

2014 Recipients

If you would like to sponsor an Award, create an Award in memory of someone who shared the Orchestra’s values, or know of a Corporation that would be honoured to put their organisation’s name to an Award, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Communications Officer, Daniele Milazzo at or by telephone: +44 7471 992975