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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by Raphaël Merlin March 26th, 2013

BBT Celebrated: Quatuor Ebène’s Raphäel Merlin

Quatuor Ebène cellist Raphäel Merlin talks about what’s in store for the quartet – award winners in 2007 – during our BBT Celebrated weekend in May, and recalls the time spent with BBT films in the French Alps back in 2009:

 

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by Susan Rivers March 12th, 2013

Reflections on a Decade of Borletti-Buitoni Trust

It’s hard to believe that it was back in 2001 when Mitsuko Uchida approached me as I was leaving the running of the International Piano Series at the Southbank Centre after seven years and told me that she had a friend who wanted to form a charity to assist young musicians. Would I be interested in taking it on?

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