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Press release date: November 2012

London Event to Celebrate 10 Years of Award Giving

Over the past decade the Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) has become a recognisable hallmark of excellence throughout the world of classical music and has proudly supported a significant number of auspicious young musicians in the early years of their careers.  Many of them are now among the most prominent soloists of their generation; all of them have benefitted not only from financial support, but also the opportunities, nurturing, networking and careful promotion that BBT offers.


A sample of BBT’s impressive roster of talent will take part in a weekend of concerts, talks and masterclasses 17-19 May 2013 to celebrate the first ten years of the Trust’s work.  Daily highlights will be the evening concerts of quintessential chamber music repertoire featuring founding trustee Mitsuko Uchida with various ensembles including Nicolas Alstaedt, Jonathan Biss, Elias String Quartet, Quatuor Ebène, Veronika Eberle, Martin Fröst, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Alina Ibragimova, Henk Neven, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Jörgen van Rijen, Christianne Stotijn, Antoine Tamestit and Llŷr Williams


Behind every performance is a relentless regime of creativity, preparation, practice, promotion and hard work to reinforce and maintain talent and virtuosity.  BBT Unwrapped offers a lively insight into the flourishing careers of leading instrumentalists Colin Currie (percussion), Martin Fröst (clarinet), Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe) and Jörgen van Rijen (trombone) in a series of masterclasses, and also probes the career paths of the Elias String Quartet and pianist Jonathan Biss in onstage interviews.  And it was the particular wish of BBT’s founding patron, Ilaria Borletti Buitoni, to highlight the challenges facing all young musicians in the 21st century with a public debate entitled, Is Talent Enough?  The unique viewpoint of Mitsuko Uchida will provoke comment from a panel comprising leading figures in the music business ­- Colin Currie, John Gilhooly, Paul Moseley, Martijn SandersTom Service and Sonia Simmenauer – as well as invite comment from the audience.


A chance to hear some unusual combinations of BBT musicians making more informal music together in late-night slots to round off the daily celebrations in The Front Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Line-ups will include Martin Fröst, The Other Ebène, Jörgen van Rijen and Llŷr Williams among others.

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