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Winners 2014

Since its first awards in 2003, BBT has provided support to 87 individuals and ensembles from 29 countries.  We are proud to introduce the Borletti-Buitoni Trust winners 2014.

BBT Awards 2014

Apollon Musagète Quartet  string quartet (Poland) >>Ruby Hughes soprano (UK) >>Itamar Zorman violin (Israel/US) >>

BBT Special Award 2014

Kate Whitley piano/composer (UK) >>

BBT Fellowships 2014

Benjamin Beilman violin (US) >>Gloria Campaner piano (Italy) >>Alec Frank-Gemmill horn (UK) >>Mark Simpson clarinet/composer (UK) >>


View summary of winners 2014 >>

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Elena Xanthoudakis soprano

Jewels of the Bel Canto with Richard Bonynge and Royal Northern Sinfonia

This film is an up-front depiction of the intensity and amount of hard work and preparation that goes into not just making a CD, but also giving a performance of ease and grace and building an entire musical career. Celebrated conductor Richard Bonynge is frank about what it takes to be a bel canto singer – exceptional talent, study, and hard graft - while fellow Australian, soprano Elena Xanthoudakis, is clearly both undaunted and utterly captivated by the bel canto repertoire which allows her to indulge in both comedic and dramatic roles. The CD, released on the Signum Classics label in March 2014, includes arias by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini and Verdi.

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Sean Shibe guitar

Fundraising Showcase Concert

Young guitarist Sean Shibe is on a mission to buy a guitar made by Spanish luthier Francisco Simplicio from the 1920s and ‘30s. Renowned for their golden tone and special affinity to the guitar music of the period, these instruments are akin to Stradivari in the violin world. To augment his remaining BBT Fellowship funds, he is giving a fundraising recital featuring works by Villa-Lobos, Agustín Barrios and Alberto Ginastera on 3 April hosted by the Vernon Ellis Foundation at 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace, London SW7 5PN.

Tickets £20 including refreshments. Booking by e-mail to

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Alexei Ogrintchouk oboe

A 20th Century Recital

Some BBT-funded projects take a while to complete…but BBT is there to the end!  The last of Ogrintchouk’s three BBT-supported recordings with BIS is released on CD in April 2014.  This is a family affair recital with his pianist father, Leonid Ogrintchouk, and features Britten Temporal Variations, Hindemith Oboe Sonata and Antal Doráti Duo Concertante among other works. 

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Pavel Haas Quartet with Colin Currie

Jiri Gemrot Quintet for strings and marimba

The final tranche of the Pavel Haas Quartet’s BBT award went towards commissioning a new work from Czech composer Jiri Gemrot. The Quintet will be performed for the first time at the Philharmonie In Cologne, Germany on 15 May 2014 with fellow BBT award winner Colin Currie on marimba.

Visit the Koelner Philharmonie website for concert details