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The Borowsky Trio

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Saturday, September 14, 2024 @ 7 p.m

Hailed by the international press as “American Virtuosi,” siblings Frances, Emmanuel, and Elizabeth Borowsky have won their way into the hearts and minds of audiences throughout North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and The Middle East. With performances rooted in their cohesive and loving familial bond, the trio has delighted listeners of all ages with their commanding interpretations of standard repertoire and their dazzling original compositions.  

In 2004, the trio received the Erick Friedman Prize for Outstanding Young Musicians which facilitated their Carnegie Hall debut as a trio. Since then, they have toured the United States, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, China, Vietnam, Mexico, and Cuba. Highlights include pre-Olympic concerts in China, a three-month residency at the Dilsberg Castle in Germany, touring as soloists with the Young German Symphony Orchestra, performances in the Embassies of Poland, Lithuania, and Bulgaria, and being featured performers as part of American Tribute to Chopin celebrations. 

As composers, their unique programmatic compositions have been audience favorites. They have been commissioned to write for the German Society of Pennsylvania, Pažaislis Music Festival (under the patronage of the President of Lithuania), Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, and the Madrona Viola Duo. They have several CD recordings on the Intermuse label, including Prime, Pearls of Music, and Jewish Joys and Sorrows. 

Each summer, they direct the Intermuse International Music Institute and Festival at Mount St. University’s University, an intensive solo and chamber music program for young musicians. With the motto “Music: The Best Bridge for All People,” the Borowsky Trio is committed as ambassadors and promoters of great music around the world. Their most recent tour took place in Lithuania in August 2022.

Learn more about each sibling below!

Frances Borowsky, cello

Praised by the Heidelberg Rhein-Neckar Zeitung as “marvelously colorful, performing with deep expression and a compelling temperament,” cellist Frances Borowsky has performed more than 400 concerts in over thirty countries throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, in major venues such as the Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, and Penderecki European Music Centre. She has been featured as soloist with the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Rheinland-Pfalz Jugend Orchester, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Polish Youth Symphony, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, and Lebanon Valley College Orchestra. In December 2018, Frances performed together with her sister, Elizabeth, at Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium as a featured, invited soloist in a celebration of Antonin Dvorak’s contributions to America. Frances’ major mentors have been Cecylia Barczyk, Amit Peled, Eric Kutz, and Alexander Huelshoff. She graduated from Towson University at age 18, and holds masters degrees from both the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University and Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. Frances completed her DMA at the University of Maryland in 2019. She serves as Executive Director of the Intermuse Music Institute and Festival in Maryland, and teaches cello at Lebanon Valley College and Elizabethtown College. Frances also works as the passionate cello-finder of Grace Albert Strings, helping cellists along the East Coast find their ideal match.

Emmanuel Borowsky, violin

“He brought forth a celebration of fire and temperament, as well as immense sensitivity, wonderfully flowing chants and a pliant tone. He is a remarkable talent.” The German Heidelberg Rhein-Neckar Zeitung’s assessment of American violinist Emmanuel Borowsky has been echoed by audiences and media in over 37 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Borowsky’s early achievements include performances in the Kumho Gallery Child Prodigy Series in Seoul,  on the NPR show “From the Top”, and a Carnegie Hall debut at age 17. Borowsky has been featured as soloist with orchestras including the Tianjin, Poznan, and Katowice Symphony Orchestras, Young German Orchestra, Siauliai Chamber Orchestra, St. Christopher Orchestra of Vilnius, Jordan National Conservatory Orchestra, and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. His performance with the Polish Camerata was broadcast internationally by POL-SAT. In March 2018, he premiered Yoshiyahu, a violin concerto by acclaimed composer James Lee III, with the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra. Emmanuel’s love of music is manifested in his educational work with aspiring musicians. Each summer, he teaches violin and chamber music at the esteemed Intermuse International Music Institute and Festival USA. He is on the faculty of Towson University and Dickinson College, and also teaches privately in Baltimore. Borowsky holds degrees from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts, Indiana University (B.M., M.M.) and University of Maryland (D.M.A). His lifelong curiosity for how things work has led him to undertake a journey into areas of string playing that few performers have ever ventured: the world of luthiers, bow makers, and acoustics. Through his work at the Oberlin Acoustics Workshop and personal research on the contemporary market, Emmanuel has become an expert in the process of finding the right instrument for the player. He is founder of Grace Albert Strings. In September 2018, Dr. Borowsky toured Lithuania, performing recitals and giving masterclasses in major cities. The tour culminated in an internationally-televised performance of the world premiere of Giedrius Kuprevicius’ “Star of David” Chamber Symphony His teachers have included famed violinists and teachers Erick Friedman, Dorothy DeLay, Roman Totenberg, Zoltan Szabo, Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, Jamie Laredo, Mark Kaplan, Menaham Pressler, and James Stern. 

Elizabeth Borowsky, piano

Elizabeth enjoys a vibrant career as solo and collaborative pianist, composer, and educator. “She is an engaging performer and can draw even the most reluctant audience member into her spell.” (Fidelio). Elizabeth has performed in distinguished venues and festivals spanning over thirty countries, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Beethoven House, Penderecki European Music Center, Concerti di Primavera, Klavierwoche International, and UNESCO’s “Local Music Heritage in the Age of Globalization.” Performances with orchestras include the Polish Camerata, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, St. Christopher Orchestra, Šiauliai Chamber Orchestra, Young German Symphony Orchestra,  Israeli Soloists Orchestra, Lublin Philarmonic Orchestra, and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, among others. As composer, Elizabeth’s works have been performed by the Tianjin Philharmonic (China), Šiauliai Chamber Orchestra (Lithuania), King David String Ensemble (Israel), and the Cumanayagua Concert Orchestra (Cuba). Her collection, 100 Solos for Piano Prodigies, has received critical acclaim as outstanding and relevant musical compositions that address essential technical and artistic skills for young pianists. She has recorded CDs and DVDs of standard literature, works by living composers, and her own original compositions for ICRecords. She has earned a reputation as a dedicated and effective instructor, teaching at Indiana University Bloomington, Morgan State University, and Towson University and presenting masterclasses in the USA, Lithuania, Germany, Cuba, Japan, Poland, and Germany. She has been a member of the piano faculty of the International Music Institute and Festival USA since 2003 and was appointed Executive Director in 2010. She is founder and director of Piano Prodigies LLC, a holistic approach to private piano instruction that uniquely balances the technical, artistic, and personal development of each student. Elizabeth Borowsky holds degrees from Indiana University Bloomington, Towson University, and Trinity College of Music (London).