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Arts / Entertainment

Borromeo String Quartet

March 28, 2012

Colorado State is fortunate to have the Borromeo String Quartet (The Boston Globe calls them 'simply the best') for a return performance on Friday night, April 6. They will play an all-Beethoven concert.

From left to right: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Yeesun Kim, cello; Mai Motobuchi, viola; and Kristopher Tong, violin. Image taken by Eli Akerstein.Friday, April 6
7:30-9 p.m.
University Center of the Arts
Griffin Concert Hall

Virtuosos: The Borromeo Quartet

Colorado State University welcomes the internationally acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet for a seventh year as quartet-in-residence. They will perform as part of the Virtuoso Concert Series in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center of the Arts located at 1400 Remington St.


  • $7/CSU students
  • $1/youth (under 17)
  • $12/public

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787, or online. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.  

Meet the Artist reception

The concert is followed by a “Meet the Artist” reception where patrons are invited to meet the performers, and mingle with other patrons, while enjoying dessert breads, coffee and tea generously provided by Great Harvest Bread Co., Mugs Coffee Lounge, Whole Foods Market and King Soopers.

The Borromeo String Quartet – Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; and Yeesun Kim, cello – is one of the most sought after string quartets in the world.

According to the group’s website, the Borromeo have been redefining the classical music landscape through innovative uses of Macbook Pro laptops, video projection, and iPads in performance.

Performances include on-stage projections

They use on-stage projections of hand drawn original manuscripts by composers like Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Mozart, and Schubert to vividly illustrate the creative process hard at work, a practice which has excited audiences of all ages. In schools, their use of technology is proving to make classical music now very relevant to students who have grown up in the digital age.

“The Borromeo provides an example of how technology is shaping the production and creation of classical music, a bastion of traditional acoustic sound and repository of centuries-old masterpieces,” wrote Daniel J Bakin, in his New York Times feature story “Beethoven and Bytes,” Jan. 14, 2011.  

The handwriting of Beethoven

The innovative quartet will perform a powerful program of all Beethoven quartets including String Quartet in b flat major, Op. 130 with originalGrosse Fugue, Op. 133 and String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 "Razumovsky." For Op. 59,3, a projection of the score highlights some of the music’s special features.

“It’s an incredible experience, watching the handwriting of Beethoven as it passes by you,” said Kitchen in the Times article.

Pre-College Chamber Music Festival

Colorado State University is proud to host the 9th Annual Pre-College Chamber Music Festival, a two-day instructional intensive for the region’s best high school string quartets, culminating with a free concert on Saturday, April 7, 3 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall at the University Center for the Arts. Prizes will be awarded.

As a component of their residency, the Borromeo String Quartet will lead a masterclass for participating pre-college quartets on Saturday, April 7 from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall. This event is free and open to public.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603