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Borromeo String Quartet Gives Lecture and Recital at Curtis November 9 and 11

November 9 lecture explores original manuscripts by Bartók and Mendelssohn; November 11 recital features the complete Bartók string quartets

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(November 6, 2012) The critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet concludes a week-long residency with two public events at the Curtis Institute of Music. Their affinity for making even the most challenging contemporary repertoire approachable and enlightening has become a hallmark of the quartet, which performs over 100 concerts of classical and contemporary music across three continents every season.

The ensemble presents a lecture and demonstration on Friday, November 9 at 8 p.m. in Gould Rehearsal Hall, drawing on the Borromeo's experience researching original manuscripts by Bartók and Mendelssohn. The evening features a discussion of Bartók's Sixth String Quartet and includes a performance of the Mendelssohn Octet with Curtis students. Seating is very limited for this event. On Sunday, November 11 at 3 p.m. in Field Concert Hall, the quartet performs the complete Bartók string quartets.

Both events are free and no tickets are required. Please take careful note of each venue; the November 9 lecture/demonstration takes place in Gould Rehearsal Hall inside Lenfest Hall at 1616 Locust Street. The November 11 recital takes place in Field Concert Hall at 1726 Locust Street.

The members of the Borromeo String Quartet--Nicholas Kitchen, violin ('90); Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; and Yeesun Kim, cello ('88)--have been praised by the Boston Globe for their "compellingly aggressive and gritty approach" to the Bartók quartets and their "feel for its gripping interior dramas." Curtis frequently hosts residencies by world-renowned artists, who work with students in master classes and chamber music coachings. In October 2012 the new music ensemble eighth blackbird began a three-year residency at Curtis funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Other artists-in-residence during past seasons include cellist Gary Hoffman, the Johannes Quartet, and composer George Crumb.

Since their explosive debut in 1989, the Borromeo String Quartet has become one of the most sought after strings quartets in the world, continuing to push musical, intellectual, and technical boundaries to a level achieved by only a very few. The quartet performs at the world's most illustrious concert halls and music festivals, and continues long-standing residencies at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Tenri Cultural Institute, 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.

In 2007 the Borromeo Quartet was honored with a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and in 2006 the Aaron Copland House honored the Borromeo's commitment to performing contemporary music by creating the Borromeo Quartet Award, an annual initiative that will premiere the work of important young composers to audiences internationally. In 2003 they made classical music history with its pioneering record label, The Living Archive, making it possible to order on-demand DVDs and CDs of many of its concerts around the world. The Borromeo has enjoyed collaborations with composers John Cage, Gyorgy Ligeti, Gunther Schuller, Osvaldo Golijov, Steve Mackey, John Harbison, Leon Kirchner, Jennifer Higdon, Derek Bermel, Lior Navok, and Lera Auerbach, among others. 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. For more information, visit

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis provides its 165 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. The school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists since its founding in 1924. Curtis alumni hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra, and each season they are featured as guest soloists with the world's leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series.

Curtis's innovative programs encourage students to perform often and hone 21st-century musical skills, and the school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. Students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour in addition to more than 150 performances in and around Philadelphia each year. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe.


Borromeo String Quartet at the Curtis Institute of Music
Friday, November 9 at 8 p.m. -- lecture and demonstration

Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia *Please note: seating is limited.*

Sunday, November 11 at 3 p.m. -- recital
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Both events free; no tickets required.

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