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Winners 2016

Since its first awards in 2003, BBT has provided support to 96 individuals and ensembles from 30 countries.  We are proud to introduce the Borletti-Buitoni Trust winners 2016.

BBT Awards 2016

Danish String Quartet  string quartet (Denmark/Norway)>>
Anna Lucia Richter soprano (Germany)>>

BBT Fellowships 2016

Calidore String Quartet string quartet (USA) >>
Alexandra Conunova violin (Moldova) >>
Zoltán Fejérvári piano (Hungary) >>
Maria Milstein violin (Russia) >>
Beatrice Rana piano (Italy) >>
Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad viola (Norway) >>

BBT Special Chamber Music Prize 2016
In Honour of Claudio Abbado

Quartetto Lyskamm (Italy) >>
View summary of winners 2016 >>

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Alumni and 2016 winners in the news...

Zoltán Fejérvári
for winning the 2017 piano edition of the Concours Musical International de Montréal.

Martin Fröst on his appointment as Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra beginning 2019/20 season.

Nicolas Altstaedt Mahan Esfahani and Beatrice Rana for winning 2017 BBC Music Magazine Awards.
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Complete Bartók String Quartet Cycle - Live

HEATH QUARTET string quartet

For the Heath Quartet’s second BBT-supported CD on the Harmonia Mundi label, the repertoire is one of the pinnacles of 20th-century string quartet cycles: Bartók’s six quartets. Each quartet is a titan in itself, so the fact that the Heath Quartet recorded them live in May 2016 is testament to the virtuosity and dynamism of this highly regarded young ensemble. As Oliver Heath says: “To record these quartets is a mountain to overcome - to record them live over two concerts at Wigmore Hall seems unwise to say the least. But inhabiting Bartok's physical and emotional world in such a complete and intense way brought us closer to these scores than any other approach would have allowed.”

Harmonia Mundi HMM907661.62 Release date 23 JUNE (download 9 JUNE)

Listen to CD excerpts here >>
Read music journalist Peter Quantrill’s interview with the Heath Quartet here >>
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Franco Buitoni Award
presented to György and Márta Kurtág

Ilaria Borletti Buitoni and Mitsuko Uchida travel to Budapest to make the presentation

On 19 February, György and Márta Kurtág's 70th wedding anniversary and his 91st birthday, it was announced that the special Franco Buitoni Award, made by Mitsuko Uchida in honour of co-founder of the Borletti Buitoni Trust who died in August 2016, goes to György and Márta Kurtág.  At the Budapest Music Centre presentation, Mitsuko, said: "We know György Kurtág the great composer but with him always is Márta the wonderful pianist. They live music together."

Read the full story here