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Press Release date: November 2011

BBT Ensemble Tour May 2012 - Netherlands Press Release

Prestigious Dutch Venues for Borletti-Buitoni Trust Showcase Tour

Viviane Hagner

Prestigious Dutch Venues for Borletti-Buitoni Trust Showcase Tour

2-6 MAY 2012

Talented young musicians of Dutch origin and residency have always featured prominently in the prestigious annual Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) awards and Holland has welcomed all three special showcase tours for BBT award winners in past years.

In May 2012 BBT’s fourth tour will visit both Amsterdam and Eindhoven, as well as London,  with an exclusive piano quartet especially assembled for the occasion: German violinist Viviane Hagner, British viola player Lawrence Power and Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra, who all received Borletti-Buitoni Trust awards in 2004, join Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, a recent 2010 award-winner. They will perform at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw (2 May), London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall (4 May) and Eindhoven’s Muziekgebouw (6 May) with programmes that include Beethoven’s popular second string trio, romantic piano works by Chopin and Brahms’ first piano quartet.

Since 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.

After 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 a star-studded line-up of BBT award-winners from the past ten years.   


AMSTERDAM Concertgebouw (Kleine Saal)  Wednesday 2 May 20.15 hrs

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

EINDHOVEN Muziekgebouw   Sunday 6 May 15.30hrs

Beethoven String Trio in G Op.9 No 1
Brahms Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor Op.25

Notes to Editors

• BBT award winners from Holland include: Erik Bosgraaf recorder, Nino Gvetadze piano, Lavinia Meijer harp, Hannes Minnaar piano, Henk Neven baritone, Alexei Ogrintchouk oboe, Christianne Stotijn mezzo-soprano, Ralph van Raat piano, Jörgen van Rijen trombone, Bram van Sambeek bassoon

• Lawrence Power won the 2004 award as a member of the Leopold String Trio

• Previous BBT tours were in 2004 (Europe/UK) and 2008 (USA /UK/Europe) led by Mitsuko Uchida and 2006 (UK/Europe) led by Christian Tetzlaff who is a BBT Honorary Committee member.