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Nicholas Kitchen Makes His San Miguel Solo Debut

By Mittie Roger

Violin master Nicholas Kitchen will make his San Miguel solo debut with Pro Musica on Sunday, November 12, at 4pm. Praised by the New York Times as “thrilling, vibrant, and captivating,” he is an outstanding virtuoso player. Kitchen is not only a chamber musician, but also teacher, filmmaker, technical innovator, and arts administrator, not to mention the founder of the Borromeo String Quartet, and two music education and conservation programs, Living Archive, and MusicKitchen. Kitchen is amazingly accomplished and wildly talented. He will perform a unique all-Beethoven concert not to be missed!

Pro Musica Concert Series presents
Nicholas Kitchen, violin
Meng-Chieh Liu, piano
Sun, 12 Nov, 4pm
St. Paul’s Church, Calle Cardo
150, 300, 400 pesos

Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Kitchen was raised by a family of passionate musicians: his mother, a violinist, founded the String School at Duke and worked closely with the Greensboro Symphony; his father, a choir-master and organist, founded a chamber orchestra at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and was also a professor at Duke. Setting the stage for a bright future, Nicholas performed often at Duke as a child, nurtured by the path of his parents. At the tender age of 16, he began his studies at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.

Upon completing his college experience, an inspired Nicholas founded the Borromeo String Quartet, which skyrocketed in popularity, receiving the Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America, the Martin S. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant. They now play more than 100 concerts a year and are the quartet in residence at the New England Conservatory of Music, where Nicholas teaches.

Nicholas has been given a special charge to play and travel with the Goldberg violin “Guarneri del Gesù” on loan to him from the Library of Congress with the intention of moving Mr. Goldberg’s artistic vision forward. For many years, he also played the A.J. Fletcher Stradivarius, but now shares it with his friend, the Borromeo second violinist, Kristopher Tong. He will bring the Guarneri with him to San Miguel. Kitchen particularly enjoys the Beethoven violin sonatas, which will be strongly featured in his concert on Sunday.

Like most living classical masters, Nicholas has recorded extensively and given concerts in some of the world’s greatest concert halls, premiering new works such as the violin concerto by Stephen Jaffe, which was written for him. But unique to Nicholas are his forays into world music, such as collaborations with Turkish traditional musician Erkan Ogur in Istanbul, drawing animations to accompany live classical performance, and creating a new classical media library to preserve performances of the living artists of today called, appropriately, the Living Archive.

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are 150, 300 and 400 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Pública; La Conexión, only at Aldama 3; and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our website,, or contact us at


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