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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"

Hailed as one of the most gifted and versatile recorder players of the new generation, Erik Bosgraaf has a colourful past in a rock band and as an oboe player. He believes that good music is irrespective of style and feels equally at home in early and contemporary music as well as commissioning new works, including several concertos incorporating new media. Current engagements include solo performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden, Dutch Radio Chamber Philharmonic/Andreas Delfs and The North-Netherlands Orchestra/Stefan Asbury. His debut recording, a 3-CD box with music by Dutch composer Jacob van Eyck, was number one in the Dutch classical music charts in 2007 and his CD/DVD Big Eye, including contemporary music for film, was hailed as 'wacky, irreverent and thought-provoking' (Gramophone). He has also made CDs of Telemann, Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. In 2006 he co-founded Ensemble Cordevento specializing in the music of the 17th and 18th century with which he is touring in the Rising Stars Series 2011-12. In 2010 he was appointed professor at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He also holds an MA in musicology from Utrecht University. In 2011 he was awarded the Dutch Music Prize, the highest Dutch state prize for music and in 2012 he was awarded the ‘Golden Violin’ Prize, a triennial prize given to a classical artist who has made outstanding contributions to the classical music scene of the Northern Netherlands. He received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2009.

Photographs by Marco Borggreve

  • Purchase of recorders
  • Support for Vivaldi Concertos CD for Brilliant Classics
  • Showcase concert at 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace
  • Co-commissioning new works for recorder by Ji Youn Kang and Anna Meredith
  • Preparation of scores and parts of Willem Jeths recorder concerto
  • Support for Bach Concertos recording for Brilliant Classics
  • Bach Concertos postcard
  • Assistance with website redesign

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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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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