Press Release date: February 2014
BBT News Update February 2014
Apollon Musagète Quartet
Borletti-Buitoni Trust announces 2014 Award Winners
The Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) now gives awards every other year (the last ones were in 2012) and has significantly increased the amount given to each winner, making Awards now worth up to £30,000, Fellowships £20,000 and the Special Award £25,000. Apollon Musagète Quartet, soprano Ruby Hughes and violinist Itamar Zorman all receive Awards in 2014 in recognition of their enterprising careers and distinctive talent. Apollon Musagète has founded a festival while its spiritual mentor, Apollo, is the inspiration for many of the key works it commissions. Featured in Opera Now magazine’s ‘Who’s Hot in Opera’, Ruby Hughes likes to seek out challenging and unusual repertoire, while Itamar Zorman continues to develop a distinguished international career performing at concert and chamber halls worldwide. The Fellowships, awarded to musicians at an earlier stage in their careers, go to rising stars of the violin, piano, clarinet and horn. Benjamin Beilman and Gloria Campaner have a string of prestigious prizes and awards, as does Mark Simpson who forges a dual career as performer and composer. As well as being principal horn with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alec Frank-Gemmill is also pursuing a successful career as a soloist and chamber musician. A Special Award goes to pianist and composer Kate Whitley who is passionately committed to bringing music to the most diverse and ininitiated audiences.
Apollon Musagète Quartet string quartet (Poland)
Ruby Hughes soprano (UK)
Itamar Zorman violin (Israel)
BBT SPECIAL AWARD
Kate Whitley piano/composer (UK)
Benjamin Beilman violin (USA)
Gloria Campaner piano (Italy)
Alec Frank-Gemmill horn (UK)
Mark Simpson clarinet/composer (UK)
World Premiere Flute Concerto by Huw Watkins for Adam Walker
In addition to supporting Adam Walker’s acclaimed 2012 recital CD, Vocalise, BBT has also, with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), co-commissioned a flute concerto from composer Huw Watkins. Walker will perform the new work on 23 February with the LSO (of which he is principal flute) conducted by Daniel Harding at The Barbican London.
Tickets £10 -£37.
Debut solo CD release for harpist Sivan Magen
In February 2014 Linn Records releases the first of two solo harp recital CDs recorded by Sivan Magen. Entitled Fantasien, it features a variety of works by JS Bach, CPE Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Walter-Kuhne and Henriette Renié.
Fundraising Showcase Concert
Young guitarist Sean Shibe is on a mission to buy a guitar made by Spanish luthier Francisco Simplicio from the 1920s and ‘30s. Renowned for their golden tone and special affinity to the guitar music of the period, these instruments are akin to Stradivari in the violin world. To augment his remaining BBT Fellowship funds, he is giving a fundraising recital featuring works by Villa-Lobos, Agustín Barrios and Alberto Ginastera on 3 April hosted by the Vernon Ellis Foundation at 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace, London SW7 5PN.
Tickets £20 including refreshments. Booking by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org