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Borromeo String Quartet

April 17, 2013

'To hear [the Borromeo] perform has always felt to me like taking a private tour through a composer's mind," says Cathy Fuller, host of the Classics in the Morning show on Boston's famed classical NPR station.

From left to right: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Yeesun Kim, cello; Mai Motobuchi, viola; and Kristopher Tong, violin. Image taken by Eli Akerstein.Friday, April 19
7:30 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street

Virtuosos perform Beethoven

CSU presents its annual residency & concert with the internationally acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet. The Quartet performs an all-Beethoven Concert and participates in the annual Pre-College Chamber Music Festival.

Colorado State University welcomes the Borromeo String quartet for an eighth year as quartet-in-residence. The internationally acclaimed guests perform as part of the Virtuoso Concert Series on Friday, April 19.


  • $12/public
  • $7/CSU students
  • $1/youth (under 18)

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the Griffin lobby, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787) or online. Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the Ticket Office. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

Performing internationally with renowned composers, performers

The Borromeo String Quartet is one of the most sought after string quartets in the world. The ensemble includes:

  • Nicholas Kitchen, violin
  • Kristopher Tong, violin
  • Mai Motobuchi, viola; and
  • Yeesun Kim, cello

Formed in 1989, the Borromeo Quartet performs worldwide and has collaborated with many of the great composers and performers of our time.

They have worked extensively with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Library of Congress and, in addition to being the quartet-in-residence at CSU, are the longtime ensemble-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

The Borromeo are much celebrated for pioneering the use of computer technology to enable each musician to perform from full scores and composer manuscripts, a revealing and transformative experience which has never before been possible.

Recent performances include the Chicago Chamber Music Society, Rockport Music in Mass., the Busan Music Festival in South Korea, Duke University, and others.

For the concert at CSU, the quartet will perform an all-Beethoven program, featuring all six of the composer’s Op. 18 quartets.

“These early quartets,” notes Kitchen, “display Beethoven’s innovations combined with the mastery of the classical string quartet as developed by Haydn and Mozart.”

The concert is followed by a “Meet the Artist” reception where patrons are invited to meet the performers, and mingle with other patrons.

About the Pre-College Chamber Music Festival

Colorado State University is proud to host the 10th 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 20, 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 20 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall. This event is FREE and open to public observation.

About the Borromeo String Quartet

Considered "Simply the best there is" by the Boston Globe, the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet is one of the most sought after string quartets in the world.

Audiences and critics alike champion their revealing explorations of Beethoven, Bartok, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, and Golijov, and their affinity for making even the most challenging contemporary repertoire approachable and enlightening has become a hallmark.

They perform at the world’s most illustrious concert halls and music festivals, and continue long-standing residencies at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum (“one of the defining experiences of civilization in Boston” Boston Globe), the Tenri Cultural Institute (“one of New York’s best kept secrets” N.Y. Sun), Dai-Ichi Semei Hall in Tokyo, and the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, where it has been the official Quartet-in-Residence for seventeen years.

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Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (970) 491-5891