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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

The Borletti-Buitoni Trust seemed too good to be true when I was told about it by other musicians and read about it on the internet. I was lucky to receive the BBT fellowship last year and have already made so much of it! I have spent a part of the grant on making a website, which was a very creative and ongoing process for which I am still receiving support and guidance by the BBT. The other main thing is that I have been able to contribute a part of the cost towards a great bow by Jean "Grand" Adam from 1850. I had a sponsor taking care of a large part of the cost but without the grant from the BB Trust I would not be playing it today! I am so honoured to be a part of this alumni of musicians and I know I always have someone to approach and to receive advice and guidance. With endless thanks to the incredible generosity of Ilaria and Franco Borletti-Buitoni, and the BBT-team.

Leonard Elschenbroich"

Leonard Elschenbroich received support from BBT between 2008 and 2011, when this page was last updated. For an up to date biography visit

Since his success at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival where he performed the Brahms Double Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter under Christoph Eschenbach and received the Leonard Bernstein Award, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich has been widely regarded as one of the most important and original German cellists of his generation. A protégé of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, he has caught the attention of today’s greatest international conductors. Subsequent invitations for orchestral debuts include Valery Gergiev for the Basel Symphony, Semyon Bychkov with the WDR Symphony and Manfred Honeck with the Swedish Radio Symphony, as well as from Dmitri Kitajenko and Fabio Luisi. A passionate chamber musician, he performed with Katia & Marielle Labéque at the Verbier Festival, Hélène Grimaud and Renaud Capuçon at the Chambery Festival and with Gidon Kremer at the Lockenhaus Festival. He has also given recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Louvre in Paris, the Wigmore Hall in London, and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. This summer Leonard will give his American debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival and will perform the complete Beethoven Sonatas with Christoph Eschenbach at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. Other upcoming highlights include his debuts at the Musikverein in Vienna and the Birmingham Symphony Hall with the Staatskapelle Dresden, his Spanish debut with the Russian National Philharmonic, as well as further concerto debuts at the Sala São Paulo in Brazil, Kölner Philharmonie, Laieszhalle Hamburg and Konzerthaus Berlin. Leonard has made his debut recording featuring works by Alfred Schnittke and an homage composition of his own to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Schnittke’s death. Born in 1985 in Frankfurt, Leonard was invited to the Yehudi Menuhin School in London at the age of 10. He plays a cello by Matteo Goffriller “Leonard Rose”, Venice 1693, on private loan.

Last updated: January 2011

Photographs by Felix Broede, Kaupo Kikkas

  • Help towards purchasing a new bow
  • Creating a website
  • European PR
  • Showcase concert at 22 Mansfield Street
  • Support for Kabalevsky/Prokofiev CD for Onyx

Leonard Elschenbroich: Prokofiev and Kabalevsky

Leonard Elschenbroich: Prokofiev and Kabalevsky

Prokofiev: Cello Sonata in C op.119; first movement Andante grave (excerpt)

Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto no.2 in C op,77; second movement Presto marcato (excerpt)

Prokofiev, arranged by Rostropovich: Adagio from Cinderella

Pairing instrumental works by Prokofiev (his Cello Sonata in C and three stage transcriptions, from The Stone Flower, The Love for Three Oranges and Cinderella) with works by his younger Soviet contemporary, Kabalevsky (his Novelette op.27 no.5 and the Second Cello Concerto op.77), cellist Leonard Elschenbroich takes a look at period of recent history which he describes as under "the fear of music."  The Cello Concerto is a live recording with Andrew Litton and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, while his recital partners are Alexei Grynuk and Petr Limonov.

Leonard Elschenbroich cello
Alexei Grynyuk piano
Petr Limonov piano
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Litton

Onyx 4122 |

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

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Verbier Festival Academy, an introduction to chamber music by Gábor Takács-Nagy and Heinrich Schiff

Chamber music is central to the ethos of Borletti-Buitoni Trust. For this reason it is fitting that BBT has supported Verbier Festival Academy since 2006.  Filmed in Verbier in July/August 2007, Heinrich Schiff (BBT Honorary Committee member) and Gábor Takács-Nagy (Professor of Chamber Music, Verbier Festival Academy) illustrate the role and importance of chamber music.  BBT Winners Jerusalem Quartet, Vilde Frang and Quatuor Ébène tell us the value of the festival and academy for them.

The Academy Quartet featured were Eduard Kunz piano, Vilde Frang violin, Barbara Buntrock viola, Leonard Elschenbroich cello.

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