Borromeo String Quartet at Centrum

Borromeo Quartet Centrum is proud to welcome the Borromeo String Quartet to Port Townsend on June 26 and June 27.

Since their explosive debut in 1989, the critically acclaimed Borromeo
String Quartet
has become one of the most sought after string
quartets in the world, performing over 100 concerts of classical and
contemporary literature across three continents each season. 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. The Borromeo Quartet’s long-standing and celebrated
residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has been called “one
of the defining experiences of civilization in Boston” [Boston Globe] and their ongoing concert series at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New
York has been hailed as “one of New York’s best kept secrets” [New York

7:30pm, Fri June 26, 2009
Joseph F. Wheeler Theater

  • J.S. Bach, Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582    
    (arranged for String Quartet by Nick Kitchen)
  • Lera Auerbach, String Quartet No. 3, 'Cetera Desunt,' (2006)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet in C# Minor, Op. 131 

Saturday, June 27, 1:30pm
Joseph F. Wheeler Theater
“Late Beethoven Fact and Fantasy”
FREE all-ages multi-media presentation featuring live performance, animation and speaking by the quartet members.  Young and old will be both informed and entertained.

7:30pm, Sat June 27, 2009
Joseph F. Wheeler Theater

  • Hugo Wolf, Italian Serenade
  • Charles Ives, String Quartet No. 1
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1

Purchase tickets to the Borromeo String Quartet's performance.

  • Individual reserved seats: $25/20 each show (18 and under: free)
  • Special package discount: $40/30

The four members of the Borromeo Quartet are among the most
accomplished musicians of their generation. A recipient of the Albert
Schweitzer Medallion for Artistry, and the Presidential Scholar in the
Arts award, first violinist Nicholas Kitchen been
performing professionally since the age of 12. He created seven seasons
of innovative programming as Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Chamber
Music Festival and performs as a member of the Music From the Copland
House ensemble.

Praised for his depth of insight and creative flair,
second violinist Kristopher Tong began his career as
concertmaster of the Utah Youth Symphony at age 14. He has served on
the faculty at the Yellow Barn Festival’s Young Artists Program, and as
principal second violin with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, touring
with them throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Mr. Tong has also
performed with Mizayaki festival Orchestra in Japan, the New York
String Orchestra, and was a member of the original cast of Classical
Savion, a collaborative project with tap dancer Savion Glover.

in Tokyo, Japan, violist Mai Motobuchi started
playing violin at age five and gained recognition in Asia as first
prize winner in the 1989 All Japan MBS Youth Music Competition, and in
the All Japan Ensemble Competitions in 1990 and 1991. She has
collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and Seiji Ozawa, and is in demand as a
teacher on two continents, serving on the faculties of the New England
Conservatory of Music in Boston and the Tenrikyo Institute of Music in
Tenri, Japan.

Hailed by the New York Times for her “focused
intensity,” cellist Yeesun Kim made her orchestral
debut at age 13 with the Korean Broadcasting Service Symphony, and has
since performed in over 20 countries. She has collaborated with Rudolph
Serkin, Joshua Bell, Christophe Eschenbach, and Leon Fleisher, among
others. The Borromeo Quartet takes its name from the area in Northern
Italy, by Lago Maggiore, where it played its first concerts together.

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