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Winners 2016

Since its first awards in 2003, BBT has provided support to 96 individuals and ensembles from 30 countries.  We are proud to introduce the Borletti-Buitoni Trust winners 2016.

BBT Awards 2016

Danish String Quartet  string quartet (Denmark/Norway)>>
Anna Lucia Richter soprano (Germany)>>

BBT Fellowships 2016

Calidore String Quartet string quartet (USA) >>
Alexandra Conunova violin (Moldova) >>
Zoltán Fejérvári piano (Hungary) >>
Maria Milstein violin (Russia) >>
Beatrice Rana piano (Italy) >>
Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad viola (Norway) >>

BBT Special Chamber Music Prize 2016
In Honour of Claudio Abbado

Quartetto Lyskamm (Italy) >>
View summary of winners 2016 >>

Image Fagerlund & Aho Bassoon Concertos

Fagerlund & Aho Bassoon Concertos & Solo Works
Bram van Sambeek bassoon

Pairing the concerto commissioned with money from his BBT 2011 Award, Sebastian Fagerlund's Mana, with Kalevi Aho's Bassoon Concerto, Bram van Sambeek here records two major Finnish works for his instrument along with solo works by both composers.

Hear CD extracts here
Read critical reaction here

Image Franco Buitoni Award presented to György and Márta Kurtág

Franco Buitoni Award presented to György and Márta Kurtág
19 February 2017

Ilaria Borletti Buitoni and Mitsuko Uchida travel to Budapest to make the presentation

On György Kurtág's 91st birthday and György and Márta Kurtág's 70th wedding anniversary, 19 February, it is 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.  Mitsuko, at the Budapest Music Centre where the Kurtágs now live, said: "We know György Kurtág the great composer but with him always is Márta the wonderful pianist. They live music together."

Read the Press Release here
One of BBT's latest Fellowship winners, Hungarian pianist Zoltán Fejérvári also attended the presentation. 
Read his blog here

Image Mark Simpson BBT video world premiere

Darkness Moves - online world premiere
Mark Simpson clarinet/composer


Mark Simpson's first-ever work for solo clarinet, and a first for the Borletti Buitoni Trust in premiering one of its commissions online, Darkness Moves is a major addition to the clarinettist's repertoire.  Based on the idiosyncratic Belgian poet and artist Henri Michaux, the piece revels in extremes of both pitch and volume and is run through with a reiterated rhythmic germ that propels the music on.  Mark also went on film to introduce the work.

Watch the films here