Andrew Borkowski : Cello
Cellist Andrew Borkowski performs regularly as soloist/chamber musician and with orchestras throughout New York City, as well as the Western New York area. He has participated in master classes with world-renowned cellists including Eric Bartlett, Fred Sherry, and Chris Finckel, and has studied extensively with such artists as Benjamin Karp, Jonathan Golove, Stephen Harrison, and Marcy Rosen.
In 2008 he was the winner of the UB Symphony Orchestra Concerto competition, and has recently appeared with such prestigious groups as the Argento Chamber Players, pioneering exciting new works from composers like Todd Machover and Eric Lindsey. An ardent supporter of new music, he is a member of the InnoVox Contentempoary Ensemble, a pierrot-plus-percussion ensemble aimed at changing the way today’s audiences experience and appreciate contemporary music. With members of InnoVox, he participated in the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes in June of 2013, performing works by Carter and Crumb. He appeared in the 2013 NYC ElectroAcoustic Music Festival, performing pieces for solo cello and electronics, and collaborated with some of today’s leading composers of electro-acoustic music. As a member of the New York Composer’s Circle, he has premiered new chamber works with collaborators including Taka Kigawa and Allen Blustine. He also appears regularly with Manhattan Symphonie, among other orchestras, and has performed extensively in New York City’s premier concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher, Symphony Space, and Barge Music. He holds a B.A. in Cello Performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an M.A. in performance from the Copland School of Music at Queens College.
He has performed all over the world, including the Schlern International Music Festival, performing as soloist and chamber musician in the Dolomite Mountains of the Italian Alps, and has taken part in various orchestral programs including the Brevard Music Festival in Brevard, North Carolina. Other concert appearances include Beijing and Shanghai, China.
An avid educator as well as performer, Andrew serves on faculty at the Eastern School of Music and Arts, and Sage Music at the LIC Music School, and also teaches at the annual summer festival, Chamber Music Institute, at the University of Maine. He also does extensive work in teaching artistry and mentoring, including joining the roster of Associated Solo Artists Inc. in 2013, a non-profit teaching artist organization aimed at enhancing music education through high level performance and lecturing.
Andrew plays a 1920 Marc Laberte cello, made in Mirecourt France.