Borletti-Buitoni Trust

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The Borletti-Buitoni Trust ([borˌlɛttibwiˈtoːni]) (BBT) was established as a charitable trust in 2002 to help young musicians throughout the world. The Trust assists classical instrumentalists, ensembles and singers in their early 20s and 30s to further develop their international careers with awards that fund tailor-made projects. The first awards were made in 2003.[1]

The Trust confidentially invites respected figures in the classical music profession to nominate young artists for consideration. Awards are announced in February every other year according to the judgement of the Artistic Committee which comprises Adam Gatehouse, Ara Guzelimian, Roger Wright, and Mitsuko Uchida.[2] Honorary Committee members include pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Jonathan Biss, a 2003 recipient of the Award,[1] as well as violinist Christian Tetzlaff.[2] Committee Emeriti members include arts consultant Martijn Sanders and music consultant Andrew Starling.[2] Uchida has the distinction of being a founding trustee of the organization.[3]

In addition to the financial budgets, which range from £20,000 to £30,000,[4] the Trust offers support in matters such as public relations and media communications. Periodically, the Trust also organizes residencies, showcase concerts and concert tours for selected award winners.

As of 2019, BBT's trustees are Ilaria Borletti-Buitoni, Paul Cutts, and David Landau.

Founding trustee and artistic committee member Franco Buitoni died on 16 August 2016. His wife Ilaria Borletti Buitoni [it] created the biennial Franco Buitoni Award as a tribute to his lifelong love and promotion of chamber music.

BBT Communities was set up as another branch of the Trust in 2019 with the aim of giving financial support to charities and organizations that help underprivileged communities through music. The first grants are announced in June 2019.


Award Winners and Fellowship Recipients[1]
Year Recipient Category Honor
2003 Emma Bell Soprano Award Winner
Jonathan Biss Piano Award Winner
Martin Fröst Clarinet Award Winner
Hyunah Yu Soprano Award Winner
Sol Gabetta Cello Fellowship
Jerusalem Quartet String Quartet Fellowship
Kuss Quartet String Quartet Fellowship
Anna Polonsky Piano Fellowship
2004 Gautier Capuçon Cello Award Winner
Katona Twins Guitar Award Winner
Viviane Hagner Violin Award Winner
Leopold String Trio Ensemble Award Winner
Llŷr Williams Piano Award Winner
Christian Poltéra Cello Award Winner
David Cohen Cello Fellowship
Simon Crawford-Phillips & Philip Moore Piano Duo Fellowship
Martin Helmchen Piano Fellowship
2005 Colin Currie Percussion Award Winner
Soovin Kim Violin Award Winner
Christianne Stotijn Mezzo-soprano Award Winner
Shai Wosner Piano Award Winner
Dimitri Maslennikov Cello Fellowship
Royal String Quartet String Quartet Fellowship
Quartetto di Cremona String Quartet Fellowship
Robin Ticciati Conductor Fellowship
Ralph van Raat Piano Fellowship
2006 Joshua Hopkins Baritone Award Winner
Andrew Kennedy Tenor Award Winner
Antoine Tamestit Viola Award Winner
Jörgen van Rijen Trombone Award Winner
Ronan Collett Baritone Fellowship
David Trio Piano Trio Fellowship
Ieva Jokubaviciute Piano Fellowship
2007 Jermolaj Albiker Violin Award Winner
Alexei Ogrintchouk Oboe Award Winner
Quatuor Ébène String Quartet Award Winner
Vilde Frang Violin Fellowship
Lavinia Meijer Harp Fellowship
Navarra Quartet String Quartet Fellowship
Julian Steckel Cello Fellowship
Irina Zahharenkova Piano Fellowship
2008 Alina Ibragimova Violin Award Winner
Daniela Lehner Mezzo-soprano Award Winner
Shenyang Bass-baritone Award Winner
Andreas Brantelid Cello Fellowship
Allan Clayton Tenor Fellowship
Veronika Eberle Violin Fellowship
Leonard Elschenbroich Cello Fellowship
2009 Erik Bosgraaf Recorder Award Winner
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker Cello Award Winner
Nicolas Altstaedt Cello Fellowship
Mahan Esfahani Harpsichord Fellowship
Tine Thing Helseth Trumpet Fellowship
Trio Mondrian Piano Trio Fellowship
Henk Neven Baritone Fellowship
Francesco Piemontesi Piano Fellowship
2010 Khatia Buniatishvili Piano Award Winner
Elias String Quartet String Quartet Award Winner
Gabriele Carcano Piano Fellowship
Ramón Ortega Quero Oboe Fellowship
Adam Walker Flute Fellowship
2011 Hyeyoon Park Violin Award Winner
Bram van Sambeek Bassoon Award Winner
Elizabeth Watts Soprano Award Winner
Elena Xanthoudakis Soprano Award Winner
Augustin Hadelich Violin Fellowship
Hannes Minnaar Piano Fellowship
2012 Sivan Magen Harp Award Winner
James Baillieu Piano Fellowship
Maximilian Hornung Cello Fellowship
Byol Kang and Boris Kusnezow Violin and Piano Duo Fellowship
Sean Shibe Guitar Fellowship
2013 No Awards Presented N/A -
2014 Apollon Musagète Quartet String Quartet Award Winner
Ruby Hughes Soprano Award Winner
Itamar Zorman Violin Award Winner
Benjamin Beilman Violin Fellowship
Gloria Campaner Piano Fellowship
Alec Frank-Gemmill Horn Fellowship
Mark Simpson Clarinet/Composer Fellowship
2015 No Awards Presented N/A -
2016 Danish String Quartet String Quartet Award Winner
Anna Lucia Richter Mezzo-soprano Award Winner
Calidore String Quartet String Quartet Fellowship
Alexandra Conunova Violin Fellowship
Zoltán Fejérvári Piano Fellowship
Maria Milstein Violin Fellowship
Beatrice Rana Piano Fellowship
Eivind Ringstad Viola Fellowship
2017 No Awards Presented N/A -
2018 Dudok Quartet Amsterdam String Quartet Award Winner
Annelein Van Wauwe Clarinet Award Winner
Trio Isimsiz Piano Trio Fellowship
Tessa Lark Violin Fellowship
Diyang Mei Viola Fellowship
Alessio Pianelli Cello Fellowship
2019 No Awards Presented N/A -
2020 Aris Quartett String Quartet Award Winner
Filippo Gorini Piano Award Winner
Alexi Kenney Violin Award Winner
Amatis Trio Piano Trio Fellowship
Timothy Ridout Viola Fellowship
Simone Rubino Percussion Fellowship
Trio Sōra Piano Trio Fellowship
2021 No Awards Presented N/A -
2022 Anastasia Kobekina Cello Award Winner
Geneva Lewis Violin Award Winner
James Newby Baritone Award Winner
Ema Nikolovska Mezzo-soprano Award Winner
Consone Quartet String Quartet Fellowship
Alessandro Fisher Tenor Fellowship
Zlatomir Fung Cello Fellowship
Lucie Horsch Recorder Fellowship
Theodore Platt Baritone Fellowship


  1. ^ a b c "Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and Fellowship Winners". Borletti-Buitoni Trust. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Artistic Committee - Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award". Borletti-Buitoni Trust. Retrieved 30 April 2023.
  3. ^ "Borletti-Buitoni Trust: Making a Difference". Southbank Centre. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Borletti-Buitoni Trust success for Elias and Pavel Haas quartets". the Strad. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.

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