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 Colin Currie April 15th, 2013

BBT Celebrated: Colin Currie

Of the highly varied benefits and pleasures of being a BBT award-winner (2005), one which will endure with much affection is the camaraderie amongst us musicians during the tour organised on our behalf with Christian Tetzlaff. We made for a very heterogeneous group of violins, cello, piano, mezzo and percussion, and as we trailed our way around Europe, great ties were established. It was highly engaging to hear and see what similarly placed artists were doing with themselves and their resources, and to have the time (that most cheated of commodities) to exchange ideas concerning our approaches to careers, giving concerts, repertoire and broader aspects of life. I was very struck by this opportunity and very grateful for it – another example of the Trust giving experience over-and-above the merely and more obviously practical.

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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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