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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

I feel very fortunate and grateful to have been chosen to benefit from the unique support the Borletti-Buitoni Trust offers. What makes this Trust so important, especially to me, is partly the fact that it excludes any competition among young musicians but instead truly believes in the individual potential and development of each of the chosen candidates. This kind of help, collaboration and trust makes me feel truly supported and encouraged in my work.

Christian Poltéra"

Christian Poltéra was supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust between 2004 and 2008.  For an up to date biography visit

Born in Zurich, cellist Christian Poltéra was a pupil of Nancy Chumachenco and Boris Pergamenschikov before studying with Heinrich Schiff in Salzburg and Vienna. Since replacing Yo-Yo Ma performing the Elgar concerto with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under David Zinman at the age of 17, Christian Poltéra has steadily established himself as one of the most prominent cellists of his generation. As soloist he has worked with many of the eminent orchestras of the world including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Santa Cecilia in Rome, BBC Scottish Symphony and Chamber Orchestra of Europe under such conductors as Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Chailly. Upcoming highlights include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as return visits to the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals. Christian Poltéra also devotes himself intensively to chamber music, working with Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff and Martin Fröst among others, as well as the Auryn, Belcea, and Zehetmair Quartets. In 2008 he joined Mitsuko Uchida in performances of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time at Carnegie's Zankel Hall. Together with violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and violist Antoine Tamestit, Christian Poltéra has formed a regular string trio that performs at the most prestigious concert venues and the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals. In 2004 he received the Borletti-Buitoni Award and was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist. He is a regular guest at renowned festivals and made his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2007. Christian Poltéra's discography reflects his wide range of repertoire that includes the cello concertos by Dvorak, Lutoslawski, Dutilleux, Schoeck, Honegger, Martin, and Toch, as well as chamber music by Prokofiev, Fauré, Mozart, Saint-Saens and Schubert, on the labels BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, and Chandos. Now recording regularly for BIS, upcoming releases include the cello concerto by Samuel Barber (Bergen Philharmonic/Andrew Litton) Beethoven Trios with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Antoine Tamestit, and a Dvorak Album with pianist Kathryn Stott.

Photographs by Nikolaj Lund

Christian Poltéra plays Frank Martin

Christian Poltéra plays Frank Martin

Martin: Concerto for cello and orchestra (third movement Vivace selvaggio ed aspro)

Martin: Ballade for cello and piano (excerpt)

"It is no exaggeration to state that this rapt performance presents this noble concerto with an inspirational intensity to compare with the celebrated Du Pré/Barbirolli recording of the Elgar Concerto." (Gramophone April 2008).  This CD completes Christian Poltéra\'s series of recordings of the cello works of Martin, Honegger and Schoeck.

Christian Poltéra cello
from the CD "Christian Poltéra plays Frank Martin"

BIS-CD1637 |

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

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Christian Poltéra plays Arthur Honegger

Christian Poltéra plays Arthur Honegger

Honegger: Concerto for cello and orchestra (third movement Allegro marcato)

Honegger: Sonatina for cello and piano (first movement Lent et soutenu)

Honegger: Sonatina for violin and cello (third movement Allegro)

"If you want a superb collection of Honegger’s music for cello, both chamber and orchestral, then this CD is just the ticket... by any standard this is a sensational performance." (Classics Today November 2007)  This is the second in a series of CDs of cello works by Swiss composers.

Christian Poltéra cello
from the CD "Christian Poltéra plays Arthur Honegger"

BIS-CD1617 |

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

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Christian Poltéra plays Othmar Schoeck

Christian Poltéra plays Othmar Schoeck

Schoeck: Concerto for cello and string Orchestra (third movement Presto)

Schoeck: Sonata for cello and piano (first movement Fliessend)

Schoeck: Song Transcription for cello and piano (No.7 of 12 Eichendorff-Lieder, Op 30, Nachklang)

Christian Poltéra made excellent use of his BBT Award to support three CD recordings on BIS, showcasing the (until now) little-known cello works of Swiss composers Othmar Schoeck, Frank Martin and Arthur Honegger. The first features Schoeck’s cello concerto and sonata, together with song transcriptions, with the pianist Julius Drake.

Christian Poltéra cello
from the CD "Christian Poltéra plays Othmar Schoeck"

BIS-CD1597 |

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

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Introducing Christian Poltéra

Our video profile of Christian Poltéra was filmed in London in 2004 as part of an audio CD and CD-ROM produced by BBT to introduce that year’s Award and Fellowship Winners.


Christian Poltéra, recording the cello works of Schoeck, Honegger, Martin

Christian Poltéra dedicated his BBT award to a long-held ambition to record the cello works of three Swiss composers, some of them now rarely performed and some never before recorded.  The resulting three CDs on BIS (audio excerpts on this website), received widespread critical acclaim.  We filmed with Christian Poltéra, producer Ingo Petry and pianists Kathryn Stott and Julius Drake, during recording in Stockhom in July 2006.

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Christian Tetzlaff & BBT Winners in residency and on tour in 2006

A select group of BBT Winners has gained valuable experience through BBT’s tours with Mitsuko Uchida (2004 and 2008) and Christian Tetzlaff (2006).  Shot on location in Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, as the group prepared for their six-concert European tour, our film illustrates the value of the residency and the experience gained.  With Christian Tetzlaff, Colin Currie, Soovin Kim, Christian Poltéra, Christianne Stotijn and Shai Wosner.

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