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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

Mitsuko Uchida and Christian Poltéra
Mitsuko Uchida and Christian Poltéra
Mitsuko Uchida and Llŷr Williams
Mitsuko Uchida and Llŷr Williams
Mitsuko Uchida and Soovin Kim
Mitsuko Uchida and Soovin Kim
Mitsuko Uchida, Soovin Kim, Christian Poltéra and Martin Fröst
Mitsuko Uchida, Soovin Kim, Christian Poltéra and Martin Fröst
Soovin Kim, Llŷr Williams and Martin Fröst
Soovin Kim, Llŷr Williams and Martin Fröst
Soovin Kim, Mitsuko Uchida and Christian Poltéra
Soovin Kim, Mitsuko Uchida and Christian Poltéra
The Final Bow
The Final Bow
Susan Rivers and Debra Boraston
Susan Rivers and Debra Boraston
Ilaria Borletti Buitoni
Ilaria Borletti Buitoni
Llŷr Williams with Franco Borletti and Ilaria Borletti-Buitoni
Llŷr Williams with Franco Borletti and Ilaria Borletti-Buitoni

Photos by John Ferro Sims

Borletti-Buitoni Trust celebrated its fifth anniversary with two prestigious tours in the USA and Europe. BBT award winners Martin Fröst (clarinet), Soovin Kim (violin),Christian Poltéra (cello) and Llŷr Williams (piano) with founding BBT trustee Mitsuko Uchida performed to six packed halls in the United States (May 2008) and Europe (November 2008). At the heart of the tour programme was Messiaen's iconic Quatuor pour la fin du temps.


US Tour:

13th May 2008 Kalamazoo
15th May 2008 Philadelphia
17th May 2008 New York Carnegie-Zankel

Europe tour:

2nd November 2008 Perugia, Italy
4th November 2008 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
6th November 2008 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


Programme (US Tour and London):

Liszt La Lugubre Gondola Nos 1 & 2
Bartok Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano
Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps #

Programme (Perugia and Amsterdam):

Bartok Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano
Schubert Arpeggione for cello and piano
Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps #
# with Mitsuko Uchida piano


Reviews

Six young musicians pool together their spectacular talents
“...what a unique event Tuesday evening's concert was. Under the banner 'Strings with Variations' the audience of the Concertgebouw's Kleine Saal was treated to an entire chamber-music festival condensed into two marvellous hours.
Peter van der Lint, Trouw - 5 October 2006

Chamber Music of the finest
The presentation of this concert in the small hall was quite unpretentious, but the quality and sound of what was on offer was quite spectacular... These fabulous six musicians ...presented on Wednesday chamber music of the finest played in brilliantly varied formations.
Die Welt - 6 October 2006

Masterful and spellbinding
Right at the beginning he [Tetzlaff] presented Honegger's Sonatine as an exciting dialogue with the cellist Christian Poltéra. Christianne Stotijn's interpretation of songs from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn got right under the skin; percussionist Colin Currie showed virtuosity and wit with Trilogy by Dave Maric. Pure love of music and joy of collaboration were played out in perfect harmony by Tetzlaff, Poltéra, violinist Soovin Kim and pianist Shai Wosner in Dvorak's piano quartet...
Hamburger Abendblat - October 6 2006

Young, grand and uncomplicated
Might and money are still always concentrated but no longer require education. The finer forms of patronage are, therefore, all the more heart warming. And the Borletti-Buitoni Trust is a good example...Headed by violinist Tetzlaff, the 2005 winners are currently on tour and appeared at the Brussels Conservatory on Monday evening. Firstly it was a great pleasure to see Shai Wosner again,... Without a single virtuoso trick, his accompaniment of several songs from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn showed that he is cut from a rare cloth. And the same holds true of Christianne Stotijn who, together with Wosner, achieved complete psychological equilibrium in Das irdische Leben and Urlicht.
The programme also included two Belgian premieres: Trilogy for live percussion and CD by Dave Maric, and Written on a Train by Richard Baker. The former was performed with striking precision by Colin Currie, even though the work could just as well have been done entirely on CD. But then just looking at and listening to a loudspeaker would have been rather boring! Richard Baker's piece vied with Trilogy in its lack of motivation and rhetorical cogency, but worked well nonetheless: as a totally innocent and innocuous piece d'occasion, specially written for this unusual combination of forces.
Dvorák's piano quartet, with Tetzlaff playing viola and Soovin Kim the violin, was also a coming-together at once grand and unassuming. These young musicians are already at the top of their profession and it is wonderful that they are still prepared to take part in an uncomplicated party of this nature.
De Morgen - October 10 2006