It has been announced this week that the Italian-based Quartetto di Cremona has been awarded the 2019 Franco Buitoni Prize - in recognition of their distinguished contribution to chamber music in Italy and abroad.
Awarded annually by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust founder Ilaria Borletti Buitoni, in honor of her late husband Franco Buitoni, the prize is awarded annually to an outstanding Italian musician or ensemble who actively promote and encourage chamber music both at home and throughout the world.
QUARTETTO DI CREMONA | MOZART | 'DISSONANCE' QUARTET K465 | 1ST MVT | 2016
"I decided to create this award in memory of my husband who loved music so much - and who founded BBT with me in 2002 ..." Ilaria Borletti Buitoni has said.
"I wanted to focus this prize on Italian musicians who promote and encourage chamber music in Italy and throughout the world ... I very much admire Quartetto di Cremona and all they do - they have developed a wonderful reputation worldwide," she has said.
The ensemble will receive £25,000 - plus a specially commissioned glass sculpture by Venice-based artist Ritsue Mishima.