Nick Borghoff is currently a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra viola section. Growing up in New Jersey just outside Manhattan, Nick was a member of the distinguished New York Youth Symphony for four years, performing regularly at Carnegie Hall. He served as assistant principal of the viola section, and was awarded a chamber orchestra fellowship where he served as principal of the viola section. A dedicated orchestral musician, Nick has also served as principal violist with the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, and the University of Hartford Hartt Orchestra. He has worked under conductors Carolyn Kuan, Joshua David Gersen, Ryan McAdams, Edward Cumming, Leon Botstein and JoAnn Faletta.
In addition to playing in symphony orchestras, Nick is an enthusiastic performer of musical theatre and ballet. Nick has served as a section violist with Dance-It-Yourself Nutcracker in New York City, as well as a pit musician in numerous musical theatre productions across the tristate area. Nick is a passionate violist, but also spends a fair amount of time performing on flutes, clarinets and saxophones. He has served as a woodwind doubler at professional regional theaters such as Playhouse on Park (West Hartford, CT) and the historic Ivoryton Playhouse (Essex, CT). Nick is also an avid hobbyist, collecting and playing flutes from around the world, including Chinese dizi, Indian bansuri, Romanian pan pipes and baroque recorders.
Nick has studied viola with several treasured performers and pedagogues including ethnomusicologist Dr. Tamara Reps Freeman, Craig Mumm, and Ira Weller. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from the Hartt School, where he studied with the outstandingly inspiring Steven B. Larson.