Violinist Alexi Kenney and violist Timothy Ridout are among this year’s grant recipients


Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award winner, violinist Alexi Kenney Photo by Grittani Creative LTD

Fourteen young musicians – a string quartet, two piano trios, a pianist, violinist, violist and percussionist – have been selected to join the Borletti-Buitoni Trust’s roster of Award and Fellowship winners for 2020.

Awards of £30,000 and Fellowships of £20,000 are given to recipients for the purpose of advancing their musical careers across a wide range of projects, and the Trust also offers advice and practical support alongside the financial endowments to the selected musicians.

This year’s Award winners are the Aris Quartet, pianist Filippo Gorini and violinist Alexi Kenney. 

The Aris Quartet (Anna Katharina Wildermuth, violin; Noémi Zipperling, violin; Caspar Vinzens, viola; Lukas Sieber, cello) came together in 2009 in Frankfurt. They are ECHO Rising Stars recipients, and also BBC New Generation Artists for 2018-2020. Alexi Kenney studied at the New England Conservatory with Don Weilerstein and Miriam Fried and is a recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant. 

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Receiving Fellowship are the Amatis Trio, British violist Timothy Ridout, Italian percussionist Simone Rubino and Trio Sōra. 

The Amatis Trio (Mengjie Han, piano; Lea Hausmann, violin; Samuel Shepherd, cello) formed in 2014 and have since been selected as BBC New Generation Artists (2016-18) and ECHO Rising Stars (2016-2018). They have performed at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International and Mecklenberg-Vorpommern festivals, and are the Irene R. Miller Piano Resident Trio at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music in 2020, and Resident Chamber Ensemble at Cambridge University, Homerton College (2019/20).

British violist Timothy Ridout, also a Fellowship recipient, is a graduate of the Kronberg Academy and first prize winner at the Lionel Tertis Competition 2016. He was selected by the Young Classical Artists Trust in 2016 and by the BBC New Generation Artists scheme in 2019. In 2020 he returns to Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre and London’s Southbank Centre, and will participate in the Marlboro Music Academy and perform recitals in Japan. He records for the Harmonia Mundi Nova series and for Claves.

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Trio Sōra (Pauline Chenais, piano; Clémence de Fourceville, violin; Angèle Legasa, cello) formed in Paris in 2015, and have since won prizes including the Parkhouse Award 2017 and HSBC Prize of the Académie du Festival d’ Aix-en-Provence 2017. In 2020 they record the complete Beethoven Piano Trios (Naïve), as well as holding residencies at the Fondation Singer-Polignac, Le Dimore del Quartetto and ProQuartet-CEMC.