Hirono Borter enjoys a blossoming career as a concert violinist. Alongside her husband, Philip Borter, she formed Duo-B, an ensemble dedicated to works for violin and cello. As winners of the prestigious Eastman Concerto Competition, they have performed across three continents including landmark performances in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater, the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C., the Universität der Künste in Berlin, and Minatomirai Hall in Yokohama, Japan. Most recently they were welcomed as featured guest artists at the 2017 Iowa Composer's Forum and served as the string faculty for the Dorian Summer Camp at Luther College. Other performance projects include participation in the IBLA Foundation Festival (Sicily, Italy) and concert tours of both Japan and the Southeastern United States.
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. 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. 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. Mrs. Borter collaborated with Ensemble Modern in a performance of the music of Steve Reich for a concert in Tokyo, Japan and has also performed with well-known cello soloist Jens Peter Maintz at the Gustav Mahler Akademie in Ferrara, Italy. She pursued further chamber music studies 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 luthier Pietro Antonio Landolfi.