The Borromeo String Quartet
Born in Durham, NC violinist Nicholas Kitchen is a solo violinist, chamber musician, teacher, video artist, technology innovator and arts administrator.
Embracing the possibilities of computer animation, Kitchen has developed his skills in drawing and graphic work to create animated material to be projected during live performance, including Childsplay, a video about Beethoven’s Op. 135 Quartet; and Ludwig’s Wig, a program about Beethoven which culminates in an abstract animation along with the second half of his Grosse Fugue.
His first effort in multi-media was in creating a video project using original artwork inspired by the poetry and music of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons that was created during a family Art Day at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. The film was projected in synchronization with a live performance of the Four Seasons with Midori and the Borromeo Quartet.
Nick studied with Giorgio Ciompi at Duke as a very young child and at age 16 began studying at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia where he worked with David Cerone, Felix Galimir, Mieczslaw Horsowski, Szymon Goldberg, and Otto Werner Mueller.
Violinist Kristopher Tong has been praised for his depth of insight, virtuosity and creative flair. In 2005 Kristopher served on the faculty at the Yellow Barn Festival’s Young Artists Program and from 2002-2004 was Principal Second Violin with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, with whom he toured throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Kristopher has appeared under the baton of some of the world’s premier conductors, including James Levine, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Masur, Paavo Jarvi, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kent Nagano, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Charles Dutoit, and Bobby McFerrin.Kristopher has performed with Mizayaki Festival Orchestra in Japan, the New York String Orchestra, and appeared as a guest soloist with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra under Dmitri Sitkovetsky and Yuri Bashmet. He was also a member of the original cast of Classical Savion at the Joyce Theater in New York City, a collaborative project with tap dancer Savion Glover.
First generation born in the United States (Binghamton, NY) to parents from Hong Kong and TaiwanKristopher began his violin studies in a public elementary school program in the Johnson City School District before moving to Salt Lake City, Utah, when he was 11. As a student of Leonard Braus he was concertmaster of the Utah Youth Symphony for two years at age 15. He received his Bachelors degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he studied with the late Franco Gulli, Yuval Yaron, and Miriam Fried. In 2005 he completed his Masters Degree at the New England Conservatory of Music under Ms. Fried.
As a viola soloist Mai Motobuchi she has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and Seiji Ozawa. As chamber musician she has performed at the finest concert halls in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Since joining the Borromeo String Quartet in 2000, she has collaborated with the world’s finest musicians.
Mai serves on the Viola and Chamber Music faculty at both the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and at the Tenrikyo Institute of Music in Tenri, Japan. She has taught viola, violin, and chamber music in the preparatory division at Rice University.
In 1989 Mai won the All Japan MBS Youth Music Competition and the 1990 and 1991 All Japan Ensemble Competition. She won the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (Junior Division), the Henri Kohn Memorial Award from the Tanglewood Music Center, and, as a student at Rice University, received the John and Sally Cox Award, the E. Dell Butcher Award, and the Willie Muery Award, in addition to being named an Alice Pratt Brown Scholar.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Mai started playing violin at age five. She received her Diploma from Tenrikyo Institute of Music in Japan, earned her Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University, her Master of Music from Rice University, and an advanced performance diploma from Internationale Meisterkurze Koblenz in Koblenz, Germany. Mai’s teachers have included Robert Dan, Martha Strongin Katz, Paul Katz, and Yoko Washio Iwatani. Ms Motobuchi plays a Moes and Moes viola, dated 1988.
Cellist Yeesun Kim enjoys worldwide acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. As a member of the Borromeo Quartet since its inception in 1989, Yeesun has performed in over 20 countries, and in many of the world’s most illustrious concert halls and Festivals. She has had extensive involvement with NPR’s “Performance Today,” the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
Yeesun has performed throughout Europe and Asia with the Borromeo, in duo with violinist Nicholas Kitchen, and as a soloist. In addition to being a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, Lincoln Center’s Martin Segal Award, and the Evian International String Quartet Competition as a member of the Borromeo Quartet, she has garnered numerous awards individually as well.
Yeesun is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, with advanced degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Lawrence Lesser, David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Hyungwon Chang, and Minja Hyun. She currently serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory and teaches each summer at the Taos School of Music in New Mexico. She plays a Peregrino Zanetto cello, circa 1576, one of the oldest in the world.