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.
KQ Biography as of 03-2020
From the press:
“Now after 45 years, the Kronos life journey [has become] a relentless endeavor to open up the world’s music for everyone. If the conventional assemblage of two violins, viola and cello can be expanded by transcribing sounds from Middle Eastern instruments or Asian tunings, listeners will develop a much richer musical perspective. There are no border fences between various forms of music.” – Metro Silicon Valley
“As Ben Jonson said of Shakespeare, [Kronos Quartet is] not of an age but for all time – a daring band of virtuosi who have performed around the globe and brought home all kinds of sounds from everywhere, spreading their lifesaving, mind-expanding, soul-uplifting, sometimes challenging but beautifully illuminating vibrations like transcendental evangelists speaking in tongues.” – Santa Cruz Sentinel
“The most far-ranging ensemble geographically, nationally and stylistically the world has known.” – Los Angeles Times