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Borletti-Buitoni Trust
"I'd never heard of an organisation like this one - whose stated goals are to help nurture the careers of young people in whatever ways they deem important - and I think their mission is a fantastic one. When you are young, you are sometimes pushed in many different directions, and having an organisation using its influence (and funds) to help you do what is important for YOU is an incredible thing.

Jonathan Biss"

About BBT

Watch our film which marks BBT's first decade.
Ilaria Borletti Buitoni, Misuko Uchida and a cast of BBT winners reflect on the work of the trust.

BBT's selection procedure is central to the ethos, success and integrity of the Trust. Every two years we confidentially invite a different group of highly respected figures throughout the music world to nominate a young artist or ensemble for consideration.

We will not accept any unsolicited approach, whether from an artist, their representative, or any other party, for awards or nominations.

At the time of their nomination BBT artists are usually in their early twenties to early thirties and have made some significant headway with their careers. They may already have a manager representing them. They may be instrumentalists, singers or chamber groups. In addition to quality of performance, the Trust looks for artists with “something to say”, who preferably have some chamber music experience.

The selected musicians will be expected to enter into dialogue with the Trust as to how they feel they can most effectively be supported. BBT looks to give awards to the kind of person or ensemble that will fit well with the Trust’s ethos and will benefit most from the award.

BBT awards are usually announced in February.

What happens when an artist is nominated?

When nominations are received, we write to the artists and ask them to provide the following for the Artistic Committee's consideration:

  • a biography
  • five copies of an audio recording, preferably in live performance. The recording should include works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann or Brahms, amongst other repertoire.
  • date of birth
  • for chamber groups, the date that the ensemble was formed

Each member of the Artistic Committee individually considers submissions from all nominees before arriving at a shortlist. Artists on the shortlist will be asked for the following material:

  • a repertoire list
  • a list of future engagements
  • a personal statement as to how they think they could best use the Trust's support

The Artistic Committee then meets together and reviews all the nominees, whether shortlisted or not, before making its final decision. All nominees and nominators are informed of the Trust's final selection.

Arrangements are then made for the successful candidates to meet with the Chief Executive so that the level and type of support to be given can be discussed in detail.