Borromeo String Quartet

Friday, April 27, 2018
7:30 PM
Cathedral Church of the Nativity

  • Bach Well-Tempered Clavier selections (Arr. N. Kitchen)
  • Sebastian Currier Lullaby and Etude (2017)
  • Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op 13 “Ist es wahr?”

The Borromeo String Quartet—founded by Curtis Institute students in 1989, so approaching its 30th anniversary—was among the first to bring digital technology into its practice and performance and continues to commission and premiere new works and re-configure old ones, as reflected in the program for the CMSOB concert, a near repetition of the group’s October 2017 concert at Carnegie Hall, featuring the New York premiere of first violin Nicholas Kitchen’s arrangement for string quartet of selections from Book I of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier and the world premiere of a work co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Currier’s Lullaby and Etude.

Ensemble-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory of Music, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Taos School of Music summer program, in 2007 the Borromeo played Death and the Maiden for the very first American museum podcast, which emanated from the Gardner, venue for the oldest museum concert series in the U.S. The quartet regularly and enthusiastically mixes media, genres, epochs, and instruments.

Founding members (and husband and wife) Kitchen and Yeesun Kim play the Goldberg Del Gesu violin and a 1576 Peregrino Zanetto cello, respectively. Second violin Kristopher Tong, who joined the ensemble in 2006, plays the A. J. Fletcher Stradivarius; and Mai Motobuchi, with the quartet since 2000, plays a 1988 Moes and Moes viola. Winner of many prestigious awards and grants, the Borromeo String Quartet has been called “a fearless ensemble” by Gramophone magazine and “simply the best there is” by The Boston Globe.