Considered "simply the best there is" by The Boston Globe, the Borromeo String Quartet is one of the most sought-after string quartets in the world, each season performing more than one hundred concerts of classical and contemporary literature across three continents. Audiences and critics alike have championed the Borromeo Quartet's revealing explorations of the complete quartet cycles of Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartok, and its affinity for making challenging repertoire approachable.
The quartet performs in the world’s most illustrious concert halls and music festivals, and continues long-standing residencies at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, New York's Tenri Cultural Institute, Dai-Ichi Semei Hall in Tokyo, and the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, where first violinist Nicholas Kitchen serves as artistic director. With a grant from Chamber Music America, the BSQ continues its innovative multimedia public school residency program, and as NEC's quartet-in-residence works with the school's Learning Through Music program.
In 2003, the Borromeo String Quartet made classical music history with its pioneering record label, the "Living Archive Recorded Performance Series," making it possible to order DVDs and CDs of most of the group's concerts around the world, a feat only previously attempted in rock music. The series promotes the importance and impact of the live performance, and allows listeners the chance to explore in greater depth the music they have just heard in concert, as well as experience new and rarely performed works.
In 2006 the Aaron Copland House honors the Borromeo's commitment to contemporary music by creating the Borromeo Quartet Award, an annual initiative that will premiere the work of important young composers to audiences internationally. In 2000 the quartet completed two seasons as a member of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two. On NPR, the BSQ served as Ensemble-in-Residence for the 1998-1999 season of "Performance Today."
Awards include Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award in 2001, Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award in 1998, and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1991, as well as top prizes at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France, in 1990. In 2007, the Borromeo String Quartet were the recipients of the Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Artist Diploma, NEC, for the original quartet, which included current quartet members Nicholas Kitchen and Yeesun Kim.
Left to right in photo: Kim, Motobuchi, Tong, Kitchen (photo by Liz Linder)