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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

I am extremely happy to have received the BBT-Award! First of all I have been able to expand my instrument collection notably. Also the generous support in producing my CD with the Vivaldi Concertos is highly appreciated. But more importantly, BBT manages to take away concerns not only in a financial aspect but also in supporting your career in the broadest sense. I hope many others will benefit from its generosity!

Erik Bosgraaf"

Erik Bosgraaf is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading recorder players. His repertoire ranges from Vivaldi's Four Seasons to the music of today. He is the founding member of Ensemble Cordevento with whom he has performed at major festivals and has released numerous CDs for Brilliant Classics (La Monarcha, Bach, Vivaldi).

Bosgraaf has commissioned over seventy works, among them many concertos. As a soloist he has worked with, amongst others, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra (London), Residentie Orchestra The Hague, Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Dutch Chamber Orchestra and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. As an improviser he has played with leading jazz musicians including saxophonist Yuri Honing and cellist Ernst Reijseger.

Bosgraaf has been a professor at the Amsterdam Conservatory since 2010. He is the recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2009, Dutch Music Prize 2011, ECHO Rising Star 2011/2012 and the Golden Violin Award 2011 (for Vivaldi's Four Seasons).

Photographs by Marco Borggreve

Bach Concertos

Bach Concertos

Bach:Concerto in D major BWV 1053 (1st movement Allegro)

Bach:Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 731

Following his collaborations with Cordevento and Brilliant Classics on Vivaldi and Handel, Erik Bosgraaf releases Bach Concertos for recorder to coincide with his residency at the Van Wassenaer Festival at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam in November 2011.  For more about the origination of these concertos read Erik Bosgraaf’s blog here.

Erik Bosgraaf recorder
Ensemble Cordevento

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Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

Vivaldi - Recorder Concertos

Vivaldi - Recorder Concertos

Vivaldi: Concerto in C major, RV444 (allegro molto)

Vivaldi: Concerto in F major La tempesta di mare, RV98 (allegro)

Vivaldi’s concertos are remarkable not only for the wealth of invention and the outstanding quality of the music, but also for the amazing range of instruments he wrote for. This CD is devoted to concertos for sopranino and alto recorders. Two of his greatest concertos Tempesta di mare (Storm at Sea) and La notte (Night) feature on the programme.

Erik Bosgraaf recorder
Ensemble Cordevento

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Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

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BBT award and fellowship winners consider the pros and cons of purpose-built concert halls and other venues
How does a symphony orchestra sound in a car park? Or is it best appreciated in specially-built halls? BBT stirs the ongoing debate surrounding the idea of taking classical music out of the concert hall to imaginative and often unusual venues. Does this help cultivate new audiences? Younger audiences? Or does it compromise the music? Is taking down the barriers opening a pathway to more people enjoying classical music? Is the ultimate aim to get them into a concert hall?

These questions are addressed by a representative sample of Borletti-Buitoni Trust award and fellowship winners as they take their careers not only into new repertoire but new venues. See what Atos Trio, Erik Bosgraaf, Alec Frank-Gemmill, Bram van Sambeek, Sean Shibe, Mark Simpson, Kate Whitley and others have to say.


Erik Bosgraaf at Wilton’s Music Hall
Dutch recorder player Erik Bosgraaf enthuses over Wilton’s Music Hall. the genesis of the world première he played there – Tomi Räisänen’s Dive, the pleasures of doing workshops with young recorder players and the surprising ways you can play the instrument.


Erik Bosgraaf plays Jacob van Eyck, Louis Andriessen and Luciano Berio at Wilton’s
Recorded live at his recent Borletti Buitoni Trust Wednesdays at Wilton’s concert on 29 April 2015, Erik Bosgraaf plays works from four centuries of recorder music. Jacob van Eyck, from the 17th century, is joined by Louis Andriessen and Luciano Berio from the 20th, and - to end - one of Erik’s own improvisations.


Erik Bosgraaf and the master maker

The recorder, around since medieval times and at its peak in the baroque era, has become an instrument for the 21st century in the skilled hands of master maker Ernst Meyer. Shot in Amsterdam and Paris, this film succinctly shows Erik Bosgraaf’s virtuosity, musicianship and passion, alongside the mastery and magic of Meyer in the workshop where he refines the new instrument that BBT has funded. With improved strength of sound and tone, the recorder is now a candidate for modern repertoire in symphonic halls.

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