I am thrilled with the decision of the Heifetz Institute’s Board of Directors to offer the Artistic Directorship of the Heifetz International Music Institute to violinist Nicholas Kitchen as my successor!
Mr. Kitchen’s breadth of artistry is truly admirable. He is a brilliant concert soloist, professor, chamber musician (as founder and first violinist of the acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet), and arranger, in addition to a creative intellect that is incredibly rare. For the past three summers, he and the Borromeo Quartet have been in residence at the Heifetz Institute as esteemed faculty members. Starting this past summer 2018, the Borromeo Quartet officially became the Heifetz Institute’s Ensemble in Residence. Consequently, Mr. Kitchen has a first-hand working knowledge of the full vision, mission, and intricacies of the Institute and its program.
My wife Janne and I have spent the past 23 years devoting our lives to the artistic and educational vision of the Institute: to teach young musicians to communicate the emotion of music, to become the music rather than simply playing the music. I have deep respect and confidence in Nicholas Kitchen and his dedication to the vision of the Institute. I know he will take the Institute to even greater heights as it strives to have an impact on and transform the musical lives of the world’s next generation of young musicians!
Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus
Heifetz International Music Institute