by Kate Whitley October 27th, 2014

A little me time

Every BBT award winner is offered the chance to visit Il Boscoforte, Ilaria Borletti-Buitoni’s country house in Italy, to take the opportunity to escape, either for a holiday or to work. Although I was desperate to go as soon as I discovered this at my first meeting with Susan, Debra and David back in January, it wasn’t until October that I finally managed to clear enough days to make it possible.

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by Alec Frank-Gemmill October 7th, 2014

Whistle and flute* for horn player

Horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill spends a little of his 2014 BBT Fellowship money on kitting himself out…

Does it matter what you wear on stage? Surely the important thing is what you sound like, not what you look like? I used to be amazed and slightly perturbed by the number of comments I received after performances about what I was wearing. Why weren’t they focusing on my horn playing?! Actually the more concerts I go to the more I realise what a big impression the look of the performance makes. Of course, the music is the most important thing but the audience spends up to two hours staring at you – their impression is inevitably coloured by what you choose to wear.

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by Erik Bosgraaf October 1st, 2014

Willem Jeths Recorder Concerto

“My new Recorder Concerto which I especially composed for Erik Bosgraaf has become one of my most personal and biographical works and has an enormous emotional impact.” Willem Jeths

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by Tine Thing Helseth November 5th, 2013

Holiday is a duty!

For the first time in many years I had a real holiday, and suddenly I understood all the fuss my friends are on about – it’s a magical experience!

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by Borletti-Buitoni Trust June 17th, 2013

View from the platform: BBT Celebrated

The following first appeared in the programme book for BBT Celebrated at London’s Southbank Centre, 17-19 May 2013.

In ten years the Borletti-Buitoni Trust has honoured a veritable orchestra of musicians. By my calculation, it could have mounted a tenth birthday performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, conducted by Robin Ticciati (Fellowship 2005), if the 19 pianists, three guitarists and two harpists helped flesh out the chorus and some of the solo cellists transferred to the double basses. But that’s not the BBT way. Rather, we celebrate with a wealth of chamber music that goes to the very heart of what the Trust is all about: the development of the musician.

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by Guest May 22nd, 2013

Storified: BBT Celebrated

Souvenirs of a wonderful week in London with Mitsuko Uchida, Ilaria Borletti-Buitoni and a fantastic line-up of BBT laureates:

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by Henk Neven May 14th, 2013

BBT Celebrated: Henk Neven

As we prepare to celebrate a decade of BBT this weekend, baritone Henk Neven (BBT fellowship 2009) shares his thoughts on the concept of talent as seen by mass media versus true talent.

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by Elias String Quartet May 7th, 2013

BBT Celebrated: Elias String Quartet’s Marie Bitlloch

The latest in our series of BBT Celebrated guest blogs, cellist Marie Bitlloch on why touring the Quartet’s Beethoven Project is like living a dream. 

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by Nicolas Altstaedt April 30th, 2013

BBT Celebrated: Nicolas Altstaedt

Cellist Nicolas AltstaedtBBT fellow in 2009, talks about why Schubert’s Trout Quintet is special to him and weighs in on our debate, “Is Talent Enough?”

Can you share a special memory about the year you received your BBT Fellowship?

I heard the news that I had received a BBT Fellowship during a time when I was working on two concerto recordings. I remember the Ebène Quartet arriving in Berlin at night, when I was just finishing my last notes of the cadenzas for Haydn’s concerto with the Kammerakademie Potsdam in the freezing Jesus-Christus Kirche in Dahlem. I joined them for a few happy hours sharing these news, before leaving in the early morning fog to take a train to my hometown, Heidelberg. I also remember listening to the edits of a piece that I had recorded three weeks before and which fitted my state of exhaustion and insomnia: the Schumann concerto.

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by Susan Rivers April 23rd, 2013

BBT Celebrated: Who Can Believe It!

Here we are just four weeks away from BBT Celebrated, with 13 events taking place at the Southbank over three days (May 17-19), and we are in overdrive.

It is incredible to think that we are now so close to seeing the fulfilment of an idea which I had over three years ago to celebrate the Trust’s 10th Anniversary. I saw it as a way to recognise the work of our enormously talented BBT artists, the involvement of founding Trustee Mitsuko Uchida and the generosity of Ilaria Borletti Buitoni and her husband Franco Buitoni. Continue reading this entry »

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