Cellists Anastasia Kobekina and Zlatomir Fung, violinist Geneva Lewis and the Consone Quartet are the string players amongst the grant recipients

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Clockwise from left: cellist Anastasia Kobekina (© Julia Altukhova), violinist Geneva Lewis (© Matthew Holler Photography), cellist Zlatomir Fung (© I-Jung Huang) and the Consone Quartet (© bekor)

Recipients of the 2022 Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) awards and fellowships have been announced, which include several top young string players. 

BBT Awards are given to artists or ensembles that the artistic committee perceives as being performers of great quality and musicianship. Their careers are usually quite well established and the trust hopes their BBT budget will assist them in developing their long-term careers.

BBT Fellowships are usually awarded to artists or ensembles who are at an earlier stage of their careers and the trust hopes their BBT budget will help develop their future potential.

Awards of £30,000 have been granted to:

Anastasia Kobekina, cello

Geneva Lewis, violin

James Newby, baritone

Ema Nikolovska, mezzo-soprano


Fellowships worth £20,000 have been granted to:

Consone Quartet

Alessandro Fisher, tenor

Zlatomir Fung, cello

Lucie Horsch, recorder

Theodore Platt, baritone

These awards are announced on 17 March to mark the birthday of the late Franco Buitoni, who co-founded BBT with his wife Ilaria Borletti Buitoni.

In recognition of the difficulties experienced during the pandemic of the last two years, BBT has increased its funding for 2022 and granted more awards. The trust encourages these young musicians to create imaginative projects that will help develop their future careers.

It aims to provide advice, guidance and contacts as well as public relations exposure for artists’ BBT-funded projects. Winners receive a high profile on the BBT website, with audio and video material included where appropriate, and via its news and e-newsletters.