Acclaim

"This is a quartet with an unusual dynamic range and an unfailing commitment to a unified, ensemble sound and approach ... softness with a surprising amount of intensity ... and in the loudest passages, you had the feeling [the Borromeo] were never forcing anything, but just allowing the music to emerge of its own accord."

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By James Chute, San Diego Union Tribune

"It was nothing less than astonishing to note how different Borromeo made Op. 130 sound: instead of that driving force most ensembles bring to Beethoven, Borromeo released each movement’s buoyant internal propulsion. These players uncorked Beethoven’s champagne, and it proved a most worthy celebration."

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By Ken Herman, SanDiegoStory.com

"I don’t think my ears are accustomed to the detailed musicianship that the Borromeos brought to the table. This performance could well fall under the discipline of eschatology — the metaphorical "end of ordinary reality and reunion with the Divine.”

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San Diego Reader

"They’ve been presenting complete Bartók cycles for more than a decade, and their ingrained knowledge of these works could be heard in their polished performances. In such experienced hands, vivid colors and rich detail animated every movement. Interestingly, the quartet played from full scores, reading from laptops mounted on their music stands."

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By Colin Eatock, Classical Voice North Carolina

"The beauty of classical music is a great composer makes music that’s both instinctive and simple, and ingenious and complicated, all at the same time,” Kitchen said. “When we study the works, we want to learn all the details, and that involves reading the complete score."

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By James Chute, San Diego Union Tribune

"No other concerts I’ve heard this summer can come close to the thrill I experienced hearing the Borromeo Quartet."

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Susan Miron, The Arts Fuse

"Most artists can go to extremes when needed; then there are those who seem to positively thrive there — Caravaggio, Almodóvar, Nirvana. The Borromeo Quartet, too."

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By Matthew Guerrieri, Boston Globe

"The Borromeo Quartet walked into Jordan Hall Wednesday night and gave what was easily the most profound and intellectually engaging experience I have had this concert season."

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Brian Schuth, BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER
"Though not the first Bartok marathon in my experience, it was the most intense, performed at a high standard that brought you so deeply into the music's inner workings that you wondered if your brain could take it all in ... The music's mystery, violence, and sorrow become absolutely inescapable." Read More...
David Patrick Stearns | November 13, 2012, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
"The quintessential American quartet, the Borromeo, transforms its concerts into events both audible and visual." Read More...
BY JOAO MARCOS COELHO | September 12, 2012, ESTADAO
"There really is something different about the Borromeo’s ensemble. They are always cohesive and focused as a group, but there is a remarkable freedom in their musical interaction... This was in fact the first time I have heard a really successful traversal of the three last quartets, either in the concert hall or on a recording." Read More...
By Michael Miller | June 16, 2012, THE BERKSHIRE REVIEW
"The digital tide washing over society is lapping at the shores of classical music. The Borromeo players have embraced it in their daily musical lives like no other major chamber music group." Read More...
Dan Wakin | January 14, 2011, NEW YORK TIMES
"The Borromeos use recordings to reveal their progress and deep musical knowledge to audiences." Read More...
By Rory Williams | May 12, 2012, STRINGS magazine
"The four movements of Schubert's quartet had everything a listener could want: drama, intensity, passion, delicacy, exceptional lyricism and interesting lines. The Borromeo played with a controlled abandon that was not only immaculate but left the audience wanting more." Read More...
Geraldine Freedman | April 30, 2012, BERKSHIRE DAILY GAZETTE

"A sense of existential struggle is written into this howling, premonitory music, and the Borromeo dramatized that element, pushing instruments and techniques to their outermost limits."

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BY Jeremy Eichler | April 18, 2012, BOSTON GLOBE

"Technology has changed the scope of our world. New advances are catapulting us forward, yet the Borromeo String Quartet is using this race into the future to take us closer to our past."

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BY Trista Bernstein | March 23, 2012, SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE
"It was an utterly gripping performance, from the hushed but frenetic viola entrance, through the long crescendo, to the triumphant fortissimo." Read More...
By Steve Osborn | March 12, 2012, CLASSICAL SONOMA
"To play alongside the Borromeo String Quartet is to risk seeming bland. Violinists Nicholas Kitchen and Kristopher Tong, violist Mai Motobuchi, and cellist Yeesun Kim purvey musical fervor, extremes both fierce and intimate." Read More...
By Matthew Guerrieri | February 28, 2012, BOSTON GLOBE
"The Borromeo String Quartet has gone digital." Read More...
By Sarah Freeman | FEBRUARY 24, 2012, INFORMATION IN SOCIAL CONTEXT
"Schubert's scratchy handwriting and notational shortcuts made reading the notes from the balcony difficult, but seeing the original creation onstage was oddly moving." Read More...
By Madeline Zehnder | February 1, 2012, THE SOPHIAN
“When we all play from the entire score, rather than from copies of our individual parts, it completely changes the nature of the conversation.” Read More...
By Jason Victor Serinus | Jan 1, 2012, PREVIEW MASSACHUSETTS

"The Boston-based Borromeo String Quartet are a fearless ensemble who appear to savour every sonic and and atmospheric challenge."

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By Donald Rosenberg | Jan 1, 2012, GRAMOPHONE magazine
"All the members played with blazing conviction, giving every phrase a direction, shape, and sense of purpose that swept you through the contrapuntal complexities. And they captured the astonishing range of moods and emotions in the work, from gemütlich Viennese charm to anger, tenderness and more." Read More...
BY James C.S. Liu | NOV 29, 2011, BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER
"Speaking of multifaceted aesthetic triumphs, the Borromeo String Quartet is at the top of its game." Read More...
By Michael Rocha | July 17, 2011, BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER
"Mr. Kitchen, who is also a founder of the Borromeo String Quartet, is hardly stuck in the technological past. He shows abiding respect for those whose innovations in electronics have furthered the musical arts." Read More...
By Phillip Lutz | May 7, 2011, NEW YORK TIMES

"The Borromeo String Quartet is the rock star of chamber music at present."

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By Clarke Bustard | Feb 13, 2011, LETTER V: Virginia Classical Music
"The Borromeo's playing was restless and insistent, from the piece's edgy opening to the coda, played with a thrilling sense of abandon." Read More...
By David Weininger | Sept 28, 2010, BOSTON GLOBE
"The Borromeo has always impressed with their uncanny sense of cohesion and unity; as a great pianist plays a solo work with complete control and purpose, so too do the members of the Borromeo Quartet subsume their personalities into a marvelous gestalt which brings to life the notes of composers." Read More...
By Christian Hertzog | Aug 12, 2010, SAN DIEGO.COM
"It's hard to think of Haydn as a composer of "new music." But the Borromeo String Quartet found a way to make the 1797 String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76, seem as if the ink were still dry on the page. Or, in the case of the Borromeo, still flickering on its laptops." Read More...
By James Chute | Aug 8, 2010, SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE
"One of the Borromeo's trademarks is their unusual use of contemporary technology to enhance the musical experience ... each quartet member also reads the full score of music they play from a Macintosh MacBook Pro during live performances." Read More...
By Ariana Kramer | June 20, 2010, THE TAOS NEWS
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