Acclaim
"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
"Chamber music hasn’t changed for generations. Think that’s true? Examine what the Borromeo String Quartet is doing, and think again." Read More...
By Keith Powers | June 11, 2010, CAPE ANN BEACON
"When the Borromeo String Quartet is playing at its best, as it was in the Forsyth Chapel at Forest Hill Cemetery on Sunday, May 23, it is hubris to pen a critique of their performance." Read More...
Lee Eiseman, BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER
"It was a feast of lush sound and vivid playing." Read More...
By Joseph Dalton | May 17, 2010, TIMES UNION
"For the celebrated Borromeo String Quartet, the future is now." Read More...
BY GERALDINE FREEDMAN | MAY 13, 2010, THE DAILY GAZETTE
"In addition to becoming one of the most renowned chamber groups in the world, Borromeo started incorporating a new technology into its concerts that may end up changing the entire classical music world..." Read More...
Adam Joseph, MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY
"These extraordinary musicians live inside the music they play." Read More...
BY LLOYD SCHWARTZ | DEC 9, 2009, BOSTON PHOENIX
"The Borromeo String Quartet hardly need the press, but it was awfully nice to be able to catch them in concert. As expected, they brought an element of transcendence to what was, at least from this particular vantage point, a crazy weekend." Read More...
LUCID CULTURE
"The Borromeo’s performance was what most composers can usually only dream of: clean, passionate, exquisite." Read More...
By Vance R. Koven | Dec 1, 2009, BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER
"Along with their progressive repertoire and acclaimed performances, the Borromeo String Quartet have long been on the forefront of performance and educational music technology." Read More...
By Stefanie Lubkowski | NOV 2, 2O09, CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON
"The Borromeo Quartet delivered a performance of the highest caliber, playing with energy, sensitivity, and a level of elegance that can only be achieved by musicians with such an impeccable proficiency for 20th-century music." Read More...
Peter Van Zandt Lane, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"Some ensembles give the impression of serving as conduits to an interpretation carefully worked out in rehearsal. But the Borromeo offered an afternoon of edge-of-the-seat music-making that grappled palpably with the composer’s dark haunting visions in the process of bringing them to life." Read More...
Jeremy Eichler, Globe Staff, Boston Globe
"Few violinists boast the chops -- and stamina -- to charge their way through a complete cycle of Bach's Unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas in a single recital and still sound fresh and energized after 2 1/2 hours of the toughest music in the repertoire. Fewer still possess Nicholas Kitchen's skill at teasing out the most arresting features in these scores and keeping phrasing supple and forward-driven." Read More...
Joe Banno, Washington Post
The famed "Grosse Fuge" had muscle and coherence despite arriving at the end of an epic evening. And the slow movement of Op. 132 - surely the most sublime 17 minutes of music Beethoven ever composed - drifted off the stage with prayerful serenity. Read More...
By Jeremy Eichler, Globe Staff, Boston Globe
It was exquisite and devastating, Nicholas Kitchen's performance of the Bach violin Sonatas and Partitas last evening ... the staggering panoramic beauty, pathos, and joy of it – these pieces that are so seldom heard all in one sitting. Read More...
Chamber Music Today
"In a staggering performance of Carter's overwhelming First Quartet (1951), the greatest 20th-century American work in that genre, the Borromeo String Quartet captured (and liberated) not only the marvelous sounds inspired by the Arizona desert near where Carter was then living -- the whirring, scurrying Allegro scorrevole and the mysterious, heart-stopping/time-stopping night world of the Adagio -- but also the questions of existence and perception (and self-perception) they pictorialize." Read More...
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ, Boston Phoenix
"Where the 13th Quartet spirals in, the 14th spirals out, into fantastic colors: a bittersweet major-minor violin-cello duet, a swirl of high and silvery arpeggios over a stabbing bass line." Read More...
By Matthew Guerrieri, Boston Globe
"It proved to be a delicious sampler of chamber music masterpieces, running the emotional gamut from dark intensity to ebullient delight." Read More...
By Rob Hubbard, Special to the Pioneer Press, The Twin Cities Pioneer Press
"With Henderson's mellow voice and the stunning combination of the Borromeo String Quartet, the magic happened. It was and will be a memorable event to look back on for years to come." Read More...
Ken Hoover, Classical Voice North Carolina
"The Borromeo Quartet, renowned for their interpretations of contemporary works, brought a rare level of artistry to the new work. It seemed less a world premiere than a standard in their repertoire list." Read More...
Lynn Green, Columbus Dispatch
"One of the great attributes of the Borromeo's playing is that through their passion, unequaled technical brilliance and complete absorption in the music, they grab you and insist that you really listen. Their brand of unabashed, emotional undressing is so powerful and personal that anyone who does not respond in kind should have a defibrillator nearby." Read More...
Jeffrey Rossman, Classical Voice North Carolina
"The ensemble was at its best in the many driving and muscular passages, capturing much of the terror and fury that Shostakovich pours into his instrumental writing." Read More...
Jeremey Eichler, Boston Globe
"Their performance was nothing short of magnificent, one of the best concerts I've ever heard...If ever a quartet offered a window into a composer's soul, this was it." Read More...
Steve Osborn, North Bay Classical Music

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Amanda Martinez, Good Times Weekly, Santa Cruz
"The quartet dispatched its finale with a bravura that skated just to the edge of recklessness without going over." Read More...
David Weininger, Boston Globe
"The musicians exulted in the music's warmth, lilt and fleet humor, playing with lean clarity and, in the heavenly slow movement, eloquence." Read More...
Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"The Borromeo gave Beethoven's passions free reign and gave those of us lucky enough to be there a night to remember." Read More...
Weslea Sidon, Maine Coast Now
The Borromeo struck that right note of tension, and after a deep breath, managed a different intensity in the hymn-like Adagio, as Kitchen's arabesques embroidered the music like a blood-red thread Read More...
Bradley Bambarger, Newark Star-Ledger
The concerto requires two stellar soloists with technique to burn, and two members of the Borromeo String Quartet proved fervent advocates Read More...
Lawrence Budmen, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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