Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Celebrated


Queen Elizabeth Hall, 17-19 May 2013

BBT celebrated its 10th anniversary with a hugely successful weekend of events and concerts featuring 20 of the decade’s award-winners and founding BBT trustee Mitsuko Uchida. The Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre buzzed with crowds of people filing into recitals and masterclasses. Appreciative audiences also demonstrated great reluctance to go home after the late-night Front Room concerts! The weekend featured three evening concerts; four masterclasses for oboe, clarinet, percussion and bassoon, given by BBT artists for post-graduate students from the London conservatories; three pre-concert talks; two late night concerts and a provocative debate: ‘Is Talent Enough?’

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View from the platform: read Nick Breckenfield’s interview with BBT artists on chamber music and the essence of BBT


The Guardian, 20 May 2013 by Erica Jeal

Ten years ago the Borletti Buitoni Trust handed out its first awards to young professional musicians, arguing that financial support alone wasn’t enough…

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The Telegraph, 20 May 2013 by Ivan Hewitt

Like spring flowers, young performing talents just keep appearing, unbidden. And every year the Borletti-Buitoni Trust picks a goodly handful, and helps them on their way…

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Trouw, 28 May 2013 by Frederike Berntsen

The Borletti-Buitoni Trust celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. This particular Trust bears the name of Ilaria Borletti-Buitoni who, together with her husband Franco Buitoni and others, manages the Trust. Since its foundation, 127 musicians have received awards…

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BBT Debate: ‘Is Talent Enough?’

Amidst the tenth birthday celebrations for the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, the Saturday morning was devoted to a single question – Is talent enough? Before the professional panel got to grips with the question, guided by moderator Martijn Sanders, we had a video address by founding trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Artistic Committee member, pianist Mitsuko Uchida.

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