Borletti-Buitoni Trust

London Showcase Concerts

The Borletti-Buitoni Trust helps arrange showcase concerts for BBT artists in small, intimate venues to introduce them to new audiences and also, on occasion, fundraise for special projects. A principal London venue is 22 Mansfield Street, home of arts philanthropists Bob and Elisabeth Boas where funds raised also contribute to the Nicholas Boas Trust which assists the developing careers of young artists and musicians. BBT has also presented its winners at several International Artist Management Association (IAMA) conferences across Europe, most recently Diyang Mei (viola) and Alec-Frank Gemmill (horn) as well as Duo Kang Kusnezow (violin & piano) and Bram van Sambeek (bassoon).

Tessa Lark violin

Amy Yang piano

Tuesday 29 October 2019 at 22 Mansfield Street, London W1

Bach Partita No 3
Bartok (arr Szekely) Six Romanian Folk Dances
Schubert Fantasie in C, D. 934
Ysaÿe Solo Sonata No 4
Kreisler Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta
Ravel Tzigane
Lark Appalachian Fantasy

To coincide with the UK/Europe release of Tessa Lark’s debut recital disc, Fantasy,on First Hand Records (released on 27 September: CD, digital and streaming), she performed at 22 Mansfield Street with pianist Amy Yang who also appears on the disc.  Tessa’s own Appalachian Fantasy was conceived as a companion piece to Schubert’s late Fantasie, using one of Schubert’s songs he’d already incorporated into his work and giving it a little Appalachian twist, in honour of her own heritage.

For further details and to book, contact the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust here.

Tessa Lark. Photo Lauren Desberg

Gloria Campaner piano

Monday 17 December 2018 at 6pm at Jaques Samuel Pianos, 142 Edgware Road, London

Gloria Campaner launched her newest BBT-supported album on Warner Classics: Home – a feast of Venetian Schumann – at a special early-evening event in London at Jaques Saumel Pianos in London.  Gloria both played and was interviewed about this album, a project close to her heart.

Hear excerpts from Home here.

Watch a film about Home here.

Dudok Kwartet Amsterdam string quartet

18 September 2018 at 22 Mansfield Street, London W1

Haydn String Quartet in F minor Op 20 No 5
Weinberg String Quartet No 3 Op 14
Mendelssohn String Quartet No 6 in F minor Op 80

The string quartet across three centuries (but encompassed in just two) provided the road map for the Dudok Kwartet Amsterdam’s London showcase concert at 22 Mansfield Street, from Haydn’s 1772 F minor quartet (the emotional heart of its set) to Mieczysław Weinberg’s Third Quartet from 191 years later.  The recital ended with more emotional intensity. Mendelssohn’s final quartet, written in the devastating wake of the death of his sister Fanny in May 1848, tragically also presages his own death just months later.

Dukok Kwartet Amsterdam (photo Marco Borggreve)

Quartetto Lyskamm string quartet

15 May 2017 at 22 Mansfield Street, London W1

Schumann Quartet in A minor Op 41 No 1
Bartok Quartet No 4

Recipients of the BBT Special Chamber Music Prize 2016, given in memory of Claudio Abbado, Italy’s Quartetto Lyskamm brought two major works from the 19th and 20th century to 22 Mansfield Street.

Quartetto Lsykamm (photo Christian Ruvolo)

Anna Lucia Richter soprano
Michael Gees piano

5 July 2016 at 22 Mansfield Street, London W1

Schubert Lieder
Together with one of her regular recital partners, Michael Gees, German soprano Anna Lucia Richter briought an all-Schubert Lieder programme to 22 Mansfield Street.

Anna Lucia Richter and Michael Gees (photo © Hermann Clärchen and Matthias Baus)

Gabriele Carcano piano

14 June 2016 at 22 Mansfield Street, London W1

Scarlatti, Berio, Schumann and Debussy
Gabriele Carcano conjured up myriad moods in atmospheric solo piano music that covers the whole of Europe, from Domenico Scarlatti’s Spanish sojourn (nearly 30 years, until his death), to Luciano Berio’s 20th-century Italy, via Schumann’s Germanic heritage and Debussy’s impressionistic Paris.  Listen to Gabriele’s BBT recording of the Berio Cinque Variazioni here.

Gabriele Carcano (photo Alessandra Tinozzi)

Byol Kang and Boris Kuseznow violin/piano duo

16 June 2015 at 22 Mansfield Street, London W1

Following the release of their latest CD Romantic Impressions (on Genuin Classics), 2012 Fellowship winners Byol Kang and Boris Kusnezow came to London for a recital as part of the Music at Mansfield Stret series of concerts, in aid of the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust.  Reflecting the poignant wordless songs by friends as recorded on the disc, the repertoire for the recital comprises Clara Schumann’s Three Romances, Brahms’ Sonata No. 1, and works by Grieg, both his Sonata No. 3 and two song transcritions – The First Meeting and The Time of Roses.

Byol Kang violin and Boris Kusnezow piano (photo by Irène Zandel)

Sean Shibe guitar

16 January 2014 at 22 Mansfield Street, London W1
3 April 2014 at 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace, SW7

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. BBT arranged two events for him: a salon recital in January 2014 (also as a preview to his 3 February solo debut recital at Wigmore Hall) featuring works by Britten and Bach among others and another on 3 April 2014 featuring works by Villa-Lobos, Agustín Barrios and Alberto Ginastera.

Sean Shibe (photo by Ben Ealovega)

Elena Xanthoudakis soprano
James Baillieu piano 

30 May 2013

BBT Fellowship winner James Baillieu generously accompanied Elena Xanthoudakis in a programme of songs and arias by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Ravel and Gershwin to help raise funds for her recording of bel canto repertoire with the Northern Sinfonia conducted by Richard Bonynge for the Signum Label (release date March 2014).

Elena Xanthoudakis (photo Johan Persson)

Adam Walker flute
Huw Watkins piano

20 November 2012

BBT presented a special recital to launch the Walker Watkins Consortium, in order to raise the additional funds needed to commission  a new flute concerto by Huw Watkins, to be premiered by London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding at Barbican Centre, London on 23 February 2014.

Watch Adam Walker’s profile film

Adam Walker (photo Sussie Ahlburg)

Hannes Minnaar piano

21 March 2012

Having graduated with the highest possible honours from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar went on to win several prizes, including at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.  He has played with many leading Dutch and European orchestras with conductors including Marin Alsop, Frans Brüggen, Otto Tausk and Edo de Waart.

Hannes Minnaar (photo Merlijn Doomernik)

Hyeyoon Park violin

17 January 2012 

Still in her teens, this sought-after Korean violinist has already won many prizes and performed with some of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors. Frequently praised for her radiant stage presence, she is also lauded for her vivid personality and inspiring and mature interpretations of repertoire stretching from Bach to Bartok. This was her first UK performance and she was accompanied by Lauma Skride.

Hyeyoon Park (photo by Julia Wesley)

Augustin Hadelich violin

14 December 2011

Born in Germany, raised in Italy and living in New York City, Augustin Hadelich is already a top-ranking violinist in great demand in Europe and the US: “wondrous playing…These are exceptionally compelling performances, sharply defined in character, immaculately articulated, rich in interpretative acumen and blessed with extraordinary finesse .” (Gramophone review of ‘Echoes of Paris’ CD on Avie).   This London showcase was his first performance in the UK with a programme that included PoulencYsaÿeKurtág and Brahms. He was accompanied by Sophia Rahman.

Watch Augustin Hadelich’s profile film

Trio Mondrian

18 & 19 November 2011

Ohad Ben-Ari (piano), Daniel Bard (violin) and Hila Karni (cello) are the Trio Mondrian and their 2009 BBT award supported a recording on the Dutch label Challenge Records.  In advance of the CD release, BBT presented their first London showcase concerts.

In the The Foundling Museum’s Picture Gallery they performed Shostakovich Piano Trio No.2 in E minor Op.67 and Brahms Piano Trio No.2 in C Op.87.

Their programme at 22 Mansfield Street was Brahms Piano Trio No.2 in C Op.87, Ben-Haim Variations on a Hebrew Melody and Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.2 in C Op. 66.

Watch Trio Mondrian’s profile film ‘Home is where the music is’

Trio Mondrian (photo by Sharon Derhy)