Franco Buitoni Award presented to György and Márta Kurtág
Ilaria Borletti Buitoni and Mitsuko Uchida travel to Budapest to make the presentation
On 19 February, György and Márta Kurtág's 70th wedding anniversary and his 91st birthday, it was announced that the special Franco Buitoni Award, made by Mitsuko Uchida in honour of co-founder of the Borletti Buitoni Trust who died in August 2016, goes to György and Márta Kurtág. At the Budapest Music Centre presentation, Mitsuko, said: "We know György Kurtág the great composer but with him always is Márta the wonderful pianist. They live music together."
Alec Frank-Gemmill reinvigorates standard 19th-century horn repertoire on his BIS debut disc The Horn is a Noble and Melancholy Instrument by using four period instruments, matched to four period pianos played by Alasdair Beatson. Find out more about the project in our BBT profile film and the four Insight films Alec made about each of the horns he used.
Pianist/composer Kate Whitley curates her NMC Debut Disc ranging from her Viola Concerto to I Am I Say forchildren's chorus and Multi-Story, the orchestra Kate co-founded. BBT cameras were on hand at the final recording sessions as Kate told us how the CD has brought many of her musical friends and interests together.