American quartet-in-residence at New England Conservatory formed in 1989 by Curtis students. Joined by two members of Jupiter Quartet for the performance of Brahms sextets.

Borromeo String QuartetOct. 15, 2006

Nicolas Kitchen - violin Mai Motobuchi - viola
Kristopher Tong - violin Yeesun Kim - cello
with Liz Freivogel - viola and Daniel McDonough - cello

Formed in 1989 by four young musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music, the Quartet studied as a group at the New England Conservatory of Music and immediately took top prizes in the 1990 International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. In 1991 the Quartet won the Young Concert Artists’ International Auditions, and made its debut at the 92nd Street Y in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. More prizes followed, as did engagements in many of the world’s foremost concert halls and top festivals, such as Ravinia and Spoleto. In 2003, the Quartet embarked on Live Archives, a groundbreaking initiative which allows the audience to order recordings of the concert it has just heard. The Borromeo String Quartet serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music as Quartet-in-Residence. It is joined by two members of the Jupiter String Quartet, winner of the 2005 Banff Competition and Young Concert Artists’ Auditions, now Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory, for the performance of the two Brahms Sextets.

LMMC debut.

Programme:

Brahms    String Sextet in B flat major, Opus 18 (1860)
   Allegro ma non troppo
   Thema con variazioni: Andante, ma moderato
   Scherzo: Allegro molto - Trio: Animato
   Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso
Brahms    String Sextet in G major, Opus 36 (1865)
   Allegro non troppo
   Scherzo: Allegro non troppo - Presto giocoso
   Poco adagio
   Poco allegro