Of Note
March 1, 2006
Violinist Kristopher Tong Joins Acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet
Kris gets a warm welcome!
Kris gets a warm welcome!
Liz Linder
The internationally celebrated Borromeo String Quartet, whose "visionary" and "heart stopping" performances have established it as one of the most important string quartets of our time, welcomes a new member into the group. Violinist Kristopher Tong, a native of Binghamton, New York, replaces William Fedkenheuer as second violinist of the Borromeo String Quartet beginning on March 1, 2006. Mr. Fedkenheuer, a member of
the ensemble since 2000, is leaving to pursue other opportunities and aspirations.

Nicholas Kitchen, founding member and first violinist of the ensemble, explains about the quartet's decision to invite Mr. Tong to join the group: "When we were faced with the
prospect of trying to find a new member, Yeesun, Mai and I were amazed that each of us independently thought of Kristopher Tong as the ideal violinist to join the quartet. We
invited him to rehearse with us and felt an immediate and rare chemistry." The quartet members first met Mr. Tong at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2003.

A musician with deep insight into the complex emotional character of the music and an instrumentalist who combines exceptional skill and sensitivity with true creative flair, Mr. Tong is the perfect compliment to this already impressive ensemble. When asked for his thoughts on the new post Mr. Tong replied, "From the moment we first sat down to play I felt at home, as an instrumentalist and a musician, and as a kindred spirit in search of the same truths, and I'm looking forward to the things that we'll discover together."
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