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Borivoj (Boro) Martinić-Jerčić (1960)

Borivoj Martinić-Jerčić

Violinist, Author, Teacher

A recipient of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin Award, Mr. Martinić-Jerčić has enjoyed an illustrious career.  Born in Zagreb, Croatia (1960), he was raised in a family of musicians and scientists and began violin lessons at the age of five.  In 1978 he graduated from the Blagoje Bersa Conservatory of Music where he studied with Kristijan Petrović. As a teenager he visited relatives in Ottawa, Ontario, where he began summer lessons with Armand Weisbord. In 1977 Boro attended the Interlochen Summer Music Camp, where he won a full tuition scholarship to the University of Michigan.  In 1982 he earned his Bachelor Degree in Violin Performance under the guidance or Prof. Paul Makanowitzky, and in 1984 Boro earned his Master Degree in Violin Performance under the guidance of Prof. Ruggiero Ricci. After graduating in 1984 Boro performed with such prestigious ensembles as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Detroit Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.

Boro joined The Phoenix Symphony in 1986; he was named its concertmaster in 1991.  In 2005 he took up a new post as the Artistic Director and Concertmaster of world famous chamber orchestra “I Solisti di Zagreb” in Croatia. At the same time he was appointed Professor of violin at the Zagreb Academy of Music.  During his tenure with I Solisti di Zagreb, he performed more than three hundred concerts worldwide and released several CDs.

After leaving Zagreb in 2012, he joined the String Department at Iowa State University as Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola and the violinist of the Amara Piano Quartet. Every summer he performs as concertmaster of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. Boro regularly appears throughout North America as violinist with the Amara Piano Quartet, piano quartet in residence at Iowa State University. Numerous solo and chamber music performances have taken him throughout the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. As concertmaster he has collaborated with such eminent artists as Kurt Masur, Hermann Michael, Theo Alcantara, David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, Alan Gilbert, Edo de Waart, Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Elmar Oliveira, Midori Goto, Hilary Hahn, Joshua Bell, Gil Sha-ham, Guillermo Figueroa, Van Cliburn, Ivo Pogorelić, Emanuel Ax, Martina Filjak, Alicia de Larrocha, Pepe Romero, Zoran Dukić, Ana Vidović, Radovan Vlatković, Yo Yo Ma, Giovanni Sollima, Julius Berger, Marc Coppey, Monika Leskovar, Mineo Hayashi and Božo Paradžik.