Perugia, Italy, Sunday 28 October: On a day when the city of Perugia celebrated the finale of its huge annual Chocolate Festival, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust had other reasons to celebrate: at a concert to mark 15-years of award-giving to young musicians, as well as pay tribute to BBT’s late founder, Franco Buitoni, Ilaria Borletti Buitoni announced a brand new venture for the Trust – BBT Communities.

This new division of BBT seeks to support organisations that impact the life of a community through music and make a real difference to people’s lives, whatever their age and wherever in the world they live. The first grants - up to £40,000 each – will be announced in June 2019 and every other year thereafter.

Ilaria Borletti Buitoni commented: “Since founding BBT with my husband Franco, the Trust has helped more than 100 highly talented young musicians and ensembles all over the world to develop their individual careers. As well as financial assistance, our team nurtures and promotes their projects, offers counsel and opens many doors to help them realise their dreams and ambitions.

“Now it is time to broaden our reach. Music brings great joy in our lives and I believe it can also be a force to help social cohesion in disadvantaged societies where there is deep-rooted discrimination and suffering, especially among underprivileged young people. I have been actively involved in the charitable sector my whole life and I know there are many organisations in the world which can do this through music of one kind or another. The launch of BBT Communities is my pledge to seek out and help these valued enterprises.”

Franco Buitoni’s home town was the chosen venue for the concert which was staged in the magnificent Basilica di San Pietro as part of the annual Amici della Musica Perugia series of concerts (founded in 1946 and directed for almost 40 years by Franco’s mother, Alba Buitoni Gatteschi and chaired by Franco from 1985 until his death). BBT award winners Anna-Lucia Richter (soprano), Zoltan Fejérvári (piano) and the Elias String Quartet played a recital of works that had special meaning for Franco, including Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No 1, Schubert songs and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat.


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