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Press release date: November 2011

Unique ensemble comes together for Borletti-Buitoni Trust Showcase

maxim “once a BBT winner, always a BBT
comes to mind with the announcement that three of the
Borletti-Buitoni Trust’s award-winners from 2004, Viviane Hagner, Lawrence Power (as a member of the Leopold String
Trio) and Christian Poltéra, are
forming an exclusive ensemble with relative newcomer Khatia Buniatishvili (2010 award-winner) for a prestigious BBT
showcase tour in May 2012.  These highly
acclaimed young musicians will perform a programme of Beethoven’s popular
second string trio, romantic piano works by Chopin and Brahms’ first piano
quartet, famous for its folk-flavoured Gypsy Rondo finale.

before the music even begins, there will be a premiere screening of a short
film about the history of the Trust and its work, featuring BBT founder Ilaria
Borletti Buitoni, leading figures in the music industry and pianist Jonathan
Biss, soprano Emma Bell and percussionist Colin Currie, all of whom have won BBT
awards.  Pianist Mitsuko Uchida DBE will also be interviewed on stage about her role as founding trustee of
BBT and her work with young musicians.

celebrated Aronowitz Ensemble (BBT
Special Ensemble Scholarship 2009) will also perform in the Front Room at the
QEH after the concert in the main hall.

its first award winners were announced in 2003, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust has
developed a unique approach to helping talented young musicians develop and
sustain their international careers. 
Besides the financial awards, BBT both supports and creates projects
that enhance their professional experience. 
The chance to work with mentors such as Mitsuko Uchida and Christian
Tetzlaff –  and each other – is a key
part of this policy. The May 2012 tour will be preceded by a residential
retreat at the secluded Italian country home of Ilaria Borletti Buitoni,
affording them the rare and precious bonus of three days to rehearse and get to
know each other before the tour.

almost a decade of award-giving, the BBT ‘family’ numbers more than 100
musicians, many of them now the most sought-after young generation soloists and
ensembles on the international scene. 
Looking forward to its 10-year milestone, BBT will announce at these
concerts the details of its tenth
anniversary festival
which will take place the following year in May 2013
in London with Mitsuko Uchida and a star-studded line-up of BBT award-winners
from the past ten years. 

London showcase is part of a European tour which also takes the ensemble to the
Netherlands (Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw on 2 May and Eindhoven’s Muziekgebouw on
6 May).


Elizabeth Hall

Friday 4 May 19.00hrs (note
earlier time)

Film and pre-concert interview with
Mitsuko Uchida DBE

Beethoven String
Trio in G Op.9 No 1
Chopin Ballade
No 4 in F minor Op.52 
Chopin Scherzo
No 3 in C sharp minor Op.39
Brahms Piano
Quartet No 1 in G minor Op.25

The Front Room at the Queen
Elizabeth Hall

Aronowitz Ensemble (free