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Melissa Bradshaw

Franco Buitoni Award 2019 goes to Quartetto Di Cremona

11:39, 18th March 2019

Highly acclaimed Italian ensemble Quartetto di Cremona is the recipient of the Franco Buitoni Award 2019.

Created by Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) founder Ilaria Borletti Buitoni in honour of her late husband Franco (1934-2016), the award – comprising £25,000 and a specially commissioned glass sculpture made by Venice-based artist Ritsue Mishima – is for Italian musicians who promote and encourage chamber music at home and throughout the world. The presentation will take place on 16 April, when the quartet is in Milan for a performance at Società del Quartetto.

Quartetto di Cremona’s viola player Simone Gramaglia said: ‘We are so honoured to receive this recognition thanks to Ilaria’s enlightened sensitivity and vision. We know how much Franco did for music and how he loved it. It will be a special pleasure for us to honour Franco’s passion for chamber music as we continue to promote and encourage it in Italy and throughout the world.’



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