91 year old Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag and his wife, pianist Márta Kurtág have today been announced as the recipients of the 2017 £30,000 (US $37,500) Borletti-Buitoni Trust prizes – in recognition of their distinguished contribution to the world of music.
“Intense, mysterious, dark, otherworldly and innig; these are the words that come to my mind when I think of György Kurtág’s music …” Bursary trustee, pianist Mitsuko Uchida has said.
“He is inspirational and fiercely honest but there is also a deep love that glows through his music … this special Franco Buitoni Award goes to György and Márta Kurtág … we are honoured that they have accepted this award … ” she has said.
The Borletti-Buitoni Trust, a registered United Kingdom charity, lists its mission as aiming to assist outstanding young musicians and ensembles develop and sustain long-term international careers – providing bursaries, career advice, guidance, contacts and valuable public relations exposure.
Previous recipients include VC Artists Vilde Frang, Augustin Hadelich, Alexandra Conunova, Benjamin Bellman, Itamar Zorman and the Danish and Calidore String Quartets.