Borromeo String Quartet

04/10/2016 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM ET



The visionary performances of the Borromeo String Quartet have established them as one of the most important string quartets of our time. Now celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Borromeo have performed a vast repertoire worldwide and have collaborated with many of today’s great composers and performers. The Quartet will perform Haydn's commandingly classical Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 76, No. 6, and Ravel's sole Quartet in F Major.

This concert will feature the world premier of Westport Arts Center's Chamber Curator Russell Platt's composition "Mountain Interval," an adventurous but recognizably Romantic work inspired by the poetry of Robert Frost and Platt's experience growing up in New England.

Platt's music has been honored by prizes and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Yaddo artist colony in Saratoga Springs, NY, and has been performed by such organizations as the Buffalo Philharmonic and the New York Festival of Song. As part of the concert event, Platt will share his commentary and musical experiences, providing chamber music newcomers and aficionados with a unique opportunity to learn more about the genre and the program.

Audiences and critics alike have championed the Borromeo's ability to bring back the contemporary fire to often-heard repertoire, while making even the most challenging new music approachable. "To hear and see them perform has always felt to me like taking a private tour through a composer's mind," says Cathy Fuller, Classical New England host on WGBH radio. "They probe and analyze from every angle until they discover how to best unveil the psychological, physical, and spiritual states that a great piece of music evokes. They’re champions of new music…but they also thrive on making the old classics sound vital and fresh."

The Borromeo have been trailblazers in the use of laptop computers for reading music. This method allows them to perform entirely from 4-part scores and also composer's manuscripts, a revealing and transformative experience that they now teach to students around the world. In concert they often employ projections of handwritten manuscripts to vividly illustrate the creative process. In 2003, the Borromeo became the first classical ensemble to make their own live concert recordings and videos on tour and distribute them to audiences through the Borromeo Living Archive.

The Borromeo Quartet have received many awards throughout their illustrious career, including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant and Martin E. Segal Award, and Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award. They won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and top prizes at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France.

This performance will be held in memory of Leatrice Platt.

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