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Nicholas Kitchen, Guest Artist Violin

Nicholas Kitchen has performed around the world as violinist both as soloist and chamber musician and is the Artistic Director of the Heifetz International Music Institute.  He is founding first violinist of the Borromeo String Quartet and has taught at the New England Conservatory since 1992.  The Borromeo Quartet studied in the Artist Diploma Program at NEC and upon graduation joined the NEC faculty as Quartet-in-Residence.

Nicholas has performed in concert halls such as Dvorak Hall in Prague, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tonhalle in Zurich, Wigmore Hall in London, the Seoul Arts Center in Korea, Suntory Hall in Japan and the Shanghai Arts Center in China.  He has also collaborated extensively with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Nicholas is one of the very first musicians to employ the computer for reading music and this has not only resulted in him and the Borromeo Quartet using full scores for all of their musical work but it has made it natural to work with primary sources such as composer’s manuscripts.  This work with manuscripts has resulted in many surprising and productive discoveries in music of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Bartók, Schoenberg and others, but has been particularly interesting and inspiring in connection with performing Beethoven’s music.  In Beethoven’s manuscripts, one can observe extensive expressive markings in the composer’s hand that have not so far been brought into print.  This has stimulated Nicholas to create Manuscripts Expressive Markings editions of Beethoven’s works, so that performers can bring these markings into their study of Beethoven’s works.  One of these editions was just used by the NEC Philharmonia and Hugh Wolff for their performance of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.  Another edition of Op. 127, besides being used by the Borromeo Quartet and at NEC, was used by the Pacific Quartet Vienna in connection with a week-long residency about Beethoven manuscripts that Nicholas led at the Musik Akademie in Basel

This work as an active performer with primary sources is very much an extension of Nicholas’ studies with the great violinist and conductor Szymon Goldberg, and through the Library of Congress and the gift of Miyoko Yamane Goldberg, Nicholas performs with Mr. Goldberg’s former instrument.

Nicholas and the Borromeo Quartet have also made a unique commitment to bringing the greatness of Johann Sebastian Bach into the work of string quartets, so Nicholas has arranged for string quartet both books of the Well-Tempered Clavier and also the Goldberg Variations.  After having recorded Book I, the Borromeo will be presenting all of Book II in a concert on Bach’s Birthday, March 21, 2020 in a celebratory Bach concert for the Heifetz Institute.

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, the Borromeo will be presenting all the Beethoven String Quartets in six concerts at the New England Conservatory of Music and in a special exploration that will be a collaboration between The Heifetz International Music Institute, Mary Baldwin University and the American Shakespeare Center.