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Hasse Borup

Professor, Violin and Chamber Music
String Area Head

Director of Graduate Studies

DMA University of Maryland
Graduate Professional Diploma, Hartt School of Music
Diploma, Royal Danish Conservatory of Music


Phone: 801-587-9375
Office: DGH 258
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Hasse Borup is Professor of violin and Head of String and Chamber Music Studies the University of Utah School of Music. He has earned degrees in violin performance from the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, the Hartt School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Maryland. Dr. Borup has released recordings on Centaur, Naxos and Innova Labels: complete works for violin by Vincent Persichetti (Naxos 8.559725), the complete sonatas by the Danish romantic composer Niels W. Gade (Naxos 8.570524), and American Fantasies (Centaur 2918) both to critical acclaim (“Interpretative Empathy and Watertight Ensemble” - The Strad; “Landmark CD” – Musicweb; “Seamless playing” – Tower of the Eight Winds, a CD on the Innova Label, featuring the complete works for violin by American composer Judith Shatin, was described by Fanfare Magazine as “..being played with superb agility by the Borup/Ernst Duo.” Solo appearances include Vienna, Beijing, Washington DC, Venice, Cremona, Paris, Copenhagen and Miami. He was a founding member of the award-winning Coolidge Quartet, serving as the first ever Guarneri-Fellowship Quartet at University of Maryland. Dr. Borup has performed live on National Danish Radio, National Slovenian Radio, National Australian Radio, Radio Hong Kong, and has been featured on NPR’s “Performance Today.” In addition to numerous other prestigious prizes and fellowships, Borup was the only Dane to win the International Yamaha Music Prize. As an active educator, Dr. Borup has written articles for The Strad and American String Teacher on topics ranging from violin acoustics to intonation. Dr. Borup is a frequent Guest Professor at the Saarburg Festival in Germany. From 2005-09, Dr. Borup directed the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo Festival in California and has, since 2009, directed the University of Utah Chamber Music Workshop. He is currently working on a major project to record the complete works for violin solo and violin and piano by Carl Nielsen – a joint project with the National Danish Academy of Music and Naxos. Dr.Borup’s main teachers were Arnold Steinhardt, Philip Setzer, David Takeno, Almita Vamos, David Salness and Peder Elbaek. He also worked extensively with The Guarneri, Emerson and Juilliard Quartets, Isaac Stern, Bill Preucil and Hatto Beyerle. Please visit for more information.

Courses Taught

  • Violin - Private Lessons
  • Chamber Music
  • String Pedagogy
  • String Literature
  • Doctoral Instrumental Pedagogy

Creative Activities

2021-: Co-director of multi-discipline project Artivism4Earth (including collaborators from the U, Harvard, Stanford and UVA)

2021: CD release on Naxos Label of the Complete Works for Violin Solo and Violin and Piano by Carl Nielsen

2019: Major Recitals: Arizona State University, Royal Danish Library Series, National Danish Academy

2018: Major Recitals at University of Maryland, Royal Danish Embassy

2015: Major Recital: Grand Teton Music Festival (2007-2015).

2014: CD Release: Complete works for Violin by Vincent Persichetti (Naxos Label)

2014: Major Recital: Saarburg Festival, Germany.

2014: Major Recital: Western Michigan University, MI.

2014: Major Recital: University of California, Fullerton, CA

2014: Local Recital: Vivaldi by Candlelight (voted “Best Performance 2014” in Salt Lake Magazine)

2011: CD Release: Music for Violin by Judith Shatin (Innova)


2012-2015, American String Teachers Association, Board Member, Utah Chapter

2014-2022: External reviewer for State University of New York at Stony Brook DMA Program.

2013: Stradivarius Violin Competition, pre-screening jury member.

2013: Bolognini String Competition, Las Vegas, Nevada, judge.

2013: American String Teacher’s Assoc. (ASTA), Fall Workshop, Chamber Music Master Class, Ecker Middle School, Park City, UT

2012: Notes and Thoughts on Beethoven’s Masterpiece, the String Quartet Op.130 with the Grosse Fuge, Pre-concert lecture for The Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake

2012: American String Teacher’s Assoc. (ASTA), Fall Workshop, Violin Master Class, Ecker Middle School, Park City, UT

2012: The Works for Violin and Piano by Vincent Persichetti, Fridays with Faculty, joint lecture/presentation with Drs. Michael Chikinda and Heather Conner, University of Utah.

2011: New College, Sarasota, FL, Lecture on Schoenberg, Cage and Beethoven

2011: University of Miami Composers Forum, lecture

Students' Success in Competitions

2021, BM Perf. Student Cameron Jeppson winner of Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition

2021, MB Perf. Student Cameron Jeppson winner of MTNA UT Senior Div. Strings (and is named alternate in the Western Finals)

2017, DMA Candidate Jakob Hofer is named Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

2016, University of Utah Michie Graduate Quartet named finalists in the Coltman Chamber Music Competition.

2014, University of Utah Michie Graduate Quartet won the National Finals of the MTNA Chamber Music Competition, Chicago, IL.

2014, University of Utah Michie Graduate Quartet Invited as participants in the Juilliard String Quartet Institute

Last Updated: 3/22/23