Thursday, 30 January 2014

Borletti-Buitoni Trust Awards

Ruby Hughes, winner of one of the 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Awards
Ruby Hughes
The Borletti-Buitoni Trust, which gives awards to help support young musicians, has announced its awards for 2014. The trust now gives awards every other year (the last ones were in 2012) which has enabled it to increase the amounts given; this year they have given Awards up to £30,000, Fellowships up to £20,000 and a Special Award of £25, 000. Since their first awards in 2003, the trust has supported 87 individuals and ensembles from 29 countries.

Apollon Musgete Quartet, winner of one of the 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Awards
Apollon Musagete Quartet
The Polish string quartet Apollon Musagete Quartet, British soprano Ruby Hughes and Israeli violinist Itamar Zorman all receive Awards. Fellowships, which go to musicians at an earlier stage in their careers, this year are received by American violinist Benjamin Beilman, Italian pianist Gloria Campner, British clarinettist and composer Mark Simpson and British horn player Alec Frank-Gemmell.

The Special Award goes to the British pianist and composer Kate Whitley.

Kate Whitley, winner of the 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Special Award
Kate Whitley
24-year old Kate Whitley (see our review of her opera Roma) began playing the piano at four and composing at 13 and graduated from Cambridge University in 2011 with a Double First in Music and MPhil in Composition. She premiered her own Concerto for Piano and Strings in 2009 at the Bishopsgate Institute, gave her debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall in 2012, received a Sky Arts/Ideas Tap Futures Fund bursary in 2013 and is currently Music Fellow at Rambert Dance Company. Kate Whitley has composed three operas, Bonesong, Unknown Position and Terrible Lips and is also co-founder and artistic director of Multi-Story, which began in 2011 with a critically acclaimed performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in a disused multi-storey car park in Peckham, London to an audience of more than 1500 people. Her opera In Flagrante was premiered in October at Second Movement's Rough for Opera (see our review)

Israel Zorman, winner of one of the 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Awards
Israel Zorman
The Apollon Musagete Quartet was first prize winner in the 2008 ARD International Music Competition and currently are BBC New Generation Artists. Ruby Hughes was the winner of both First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2009 Handel Singing Competition, and she was a 2011/13 BBC New Generation Artist. (see our reviews of her appearances in Messiah at Temple Church, and performing songs with guitarist Christoph Denoth at the King's Place Festival). Itamar Zorman is a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He won the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition and was recently awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. In spring 2014 his first CD will be released by Profil-Editions Günther Hänssler.

Born in Venice in 1986, Gloria Campaner started her piano studies at age four and gave her debut solo recital at five. Her debut CD was released in 2013 by EMI, with whom a second is due for release in 2014. 24-year-old American violinist Benjamin Beilman won First Prize in the 2010 Montréal International Music Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and in 2012 received an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the London Music Masters Award. In 2006, at the age of 17, Mark Simpson won both the BBC Young Musician and the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year competitions. He was selected by YCAT in 2012 and became a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2012/14. In 2013 he won a Sky Arts/ Ideas Tap Futures Fund bursary and joined the roster of publisher Boosey & Hawkes. At 28 years old, Alec Frank-Gemmill has performed concertos on BBC Radio 3, Deutschlandradio and Arte TV and his recording of Weber’s Concertino with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra was met with great critical acclaim. An advocate of period instruments as well as modern horn, his repertoire encompasses works from the baroque to the 21st Century. (see our review of his performance in Handel with Lawrence Zazzo at the Spitalfields Winter Festival)

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