Hirono Sugimoto Borter enjoys a blossoming career as a concert violinist. While having performed in seven countries across three continents, with Duo-B she was most recently recognized as prizewinner in the 2012 Eastman School of Music Concerto Competition.
At a young age, she received multiple awards through competitions in Japan and has since then appeared regularly as a soloist with professional chamber orchestras. Mrs. Borter has travelled extensively in Europe, including master classes and festivals in Austria, France, Germany, Holland, and Italy. With Duo-B she has concertized across the US including performances at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, and Kleinhans Music Hall. Additional performances include a series in SunHeart and Minatomirai Concert Halls in Yokohama, Japan, the Universität der Kunste (Berlin) and a concert tour of the East Coast. Mrs. Borter collaborated with Ensemble Modern in a performance of the music of Steve Reich for a concert in Tokyo, Japan and was a featured artist at the 2017 Iowa Composer's Forum. She has also performed with well-known cello soloist Jens Peter Maintz at the Gustav Mahler Akademie in Ferrara, Italy. This summer she will join the string faculty at the Dorian Summer Music Camp at Luther College.
Beginning her studies at age four with Keiko Izumi, Mrs. Borter has also studied with Berent Korfker and Gregory Feigin, receiving additional instruction from Yoshio Unno and Zakhar Bron. In Germany, she studied at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg under Professor Latica Honda-Rosenberg and later received her performance diploma from the Universität der Künste Berlin. She has also received chamber music coachings with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis and Borodin Quartets. In 2013 she completed her Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music under Professor Mikhail Kopelman where she served as his Teaching Assistant.
Mrs. Borter performs on a beautiful Italian instrument, made in 1770 by Pietro Antonio Landolfi.