Part of: Quartets Plus
Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.
With each visionary performance, the award-winning Borromeo String Quartet strengthens its reputation as one of the most important ensembles of our time. It recently celebrated 25 years of inventive music making.
Known for its innovative performances, the quartet strives to redefine the classical music landscape through a pioneering use of technology. It was the first string quartet to utilize laptop computers in concert, a tool that allows the artists to perform from four-part scores and manuscripts, better revealing the composer’s creative process. It was also the first classical ensemble to make and distribute its own live concert recordings and videos through the Living Archive, a music education web portal with a revised version soon to be released.
The Borromeo’s recent and upcoming seasons include the premiere of a new work by Aaron Jay Kernis; a multimedia collaboration with visual artist, puppeteer, and director Doug Fitch in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth; concerts in Switzerland, Japan, Korea, and China; performances of the Bartók cycle of string quartets in Boston and San Francisco; and appearances at Baltimore’s Shriver Hall, Minneapolis’s Schubert Club, and the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.
The quartet has presented more than 10 string quartet cycles by beloved masters and enjoyed collaborations with major composers of the last two centuries. It has served as ensemble-in-residence at the New England Conservatory, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Taos School of Music for 25 years, and worked extensively with the Library of Congress and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
The Borromeo String Quartet has received numerous awards, including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant and Martin E. Segal Award, and Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award. It was a recipient of top prizes at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France.