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’s 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 given a position of a 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. The CD with Maestro Pepe Romero, “Caribbean Concertos” was nominated for Latin Grammy in 2012.
After leaving Zagreb in 2012, he joined the String Department at Iowa State University where he is an Associate Professor of Violin and Viola and a violinist of the Ames Piano Quartet. Since joining the Ames Piano Quartet, they released three CD’s with Fleur de Sol Classics, Ltd label.
Working with university students inspired him to begin to work on a book, “Freedom and Flexibility of the Violinist’s Left Hand”. The book was published in 2017 by Dominis Music Ltd, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In 2020 The Strad Magazine reviewed his book with much praise.
Every summer, since 1984, he performs with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and regularly appears throughout North America as violinist with the Ames Piano Quartet. Since 2012 he is a member of “Samoborske Glazbene Veceri” Chamber Music Festival in Croatia. 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 Pogorelich, Emanuel Ax, Alicia de Larrocha, Pepe Romero, Zoran Dukic, Ana Vidovic, Radovan Vlatkovic, Yo Yo Ma, Giovanni Sollima, Julius Berger, Marc Coppey, Monika Leskovar and Bozo Paradik.
Freedom and Flexibility of the Violinist’s Left Hand, by Borivoj (Boro) Martinić-Jerčić has been praised as an, “…indispensable, innovative and invaluable tool, which will help students and professionals alike understand the intricacies of left-hand motion”. This publication includes a demonstration DVD.
"His emphasis on relaxation and natural development...is an invaluable resource to both students and pedagoges alike."
David Halen, Professor of Violin, University of Michigan
Concertmaster, St. Louis Symphony
"This is a wonderful book...a useful tool for every violinist and I strongly recommend it."
Professor of Violin and Chair of the String Department
University of Zagreb
"Wonderful new book...designed to develop flexibility
and agility of the left hand unlike any previous works."
Richard Rood, Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music - Columbia University
Co-Concertmaster Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
I'm so proud to present a collection of tips, techniques and wisdom that I've picked up during my years playing the violin.I hope you enjoy them.
Ames Piano Quartet
In various iterations, the Ames Piano Quartet has been the ensemble-in-residence at Iowa State University since its inception in 1976.
The Quartet has an extensive discography, including fourteen CDs under the Ames name and a further two as Amara.Of their most recent release (Faure Piano Quartets) critic Huntley Dent writes in Fanfare magazine, “As to the performances on this release, the second by the Amaras on Fleur de Son, they equal the best in the catalogue...we get the two virtues that make for a superb chamber ensemble: each player has an individual voice, and the group as a whole expresses a unified musical conception.”
Members of the Ames Piano Quartet include Borivoj Martinic-Jercic, violin; Stephanie Price-Wong, viola: George Work, cello; and Mei-Hsuan Huang, piano. The Quartet is represented by Joanne Rile Artists Management of Philadelphia.