For over 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet – David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello) – has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts, releasing more than 60 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning over 1,000 works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos has received over 40 awards, including the prestigious Polar Music Prize, Avery Fisher Prize, and Edison Klassiek Oeuvreprijs for career achievement.
The nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association manages all aspects of Kronos’ work, including the commissioning of new works, concert tours and home season performances, education programs, and the annual Kronos Festival. In 2015, Kronos launched 50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, an education and legacy project that is commissioning—and distributing online for free—50 new works for string quartet composed by 25 women and 25 men.
„Now after 45 years, the Kronos life journey [has become] a relentless endeavor to open up the world’s music for everyone.“
Metro Silicon Valley
„As Ben Jonson said of Shakespeare, [Kronos Quartet is] not of an age but for all time.“
Santa Cruz Sentinel
„The most far-ranging ensemble geographically, nationally and stylistically the world has known.“
Los Angeles Times
21 MAY 2022 Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele
50 for the future
For its 50 for the Future project, the Kronos Quartet asked 50 international composers to write new works. The compositions created and still being created follow a participatory approach in that the scores are accessible free of charge and are supplemented by audio samples and interviews. In Ludwigsburg, the programme included works by Angélique Kidjo, inti figgis-vizueta, Terry Riley and Philip Glass, among others.
„’Die sollten zum Jubiläum wiederkommen’,
meinte ein Besucher beim Weggehen.“
Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung, 24. Mai 2022