Kronos’ Fifty for the Future Partners

Lead Partner
  • Carnegie Hall *

    New York, New York, United States

    Since 1891, New York's Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for excellence in performance, presenting exceptional concerts by the world’s finest artists on its three iconic stages, from orchestral concerts, chamber music, contemporary offerings, and recitals to jazz, world, and popular music. Complementing its performance activities, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute creates extensive music education and community programs that annually serve more than 450,000 people worldwide, playing a central role in fulfilling Carnegie Hall's commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible.
Legacy Partners
  • Aga Khan Music Initiative *

    Geneva, Switzerland

    The Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) is an interregional music and arts education program with worldwide performance, outreach, mentoring, and artistic production activities. Launched by His Highness the Aga Khan to support talented musicians and music educators working to preserve, transmit, and develop their musical heritage in contemporary forms, the Initiative designs and implements a country-specific set of activities for each country into which it invests. AKMI works to promote revitalization of cultural heritage both as a source of livelihood for musicians and as a means to strengthen pluralism in nations where it is challenged by social, political, and economic constraints.
  • The Arts Center at New York University Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    The New York University Abu Dhabi Arts Center aspires to be an internationally renowned performing arts center that presents student, faculty, and community productions alongside distinguished professional artists from around the world. As a place that both presents and develops work, The Arts Center will act as a vibrant laboratory for performance that fosters a dynamic relationship between the arts, scholarship, and community. It will serve NYUAD with compelling programming that connects to the curriculum, using the arts to illuminate and enliven the scholarly pursuits of students and faculty. It will host a range of public programs that draw residents of Abu Dhabi to the campus, animating and enriching the cultural life of both the city and the university through interaction.
  • Cal Performances / University of California *

    Berkeley, California, United States

    Cal Performances is the performing arts presenter of the University of California, Berkeley, fulfilling its mission by presenting, producing and commissioning renowned and emerging artists in music, dance, and theater. Under the leadership of Matías Tarnopolsky, the organization reaches over 250,000 people annually through concerts, campus and community events, including talks, symposia, lecture demonstrations, and academic courses based on Cal Performances’ season. Artists include Yo-Yo Ma, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, Wu Man, Takács Quartet, Cecilia Bartoli, The Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Kronos Quartet, among many others.
  • Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA *

    Los Angeles, California, United States

    Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) is the programming force behind the live presentation of contemporary performing arts at the University of California, Los Angeles. CAP UCLA is a powerful expression of the university’s mission, and is responsible for building upon the 80-year legacy of Royce Hall for successive generations. Programming across a wide spectrum of contemporary artistry, CAP UCLA is committed to bringing artists to heightened public attention, and believes that those working in the ephemeral forms of dance, music, and theater are vital to our shared heritage.
  • Cornish College of the Arts *

    Seattle, Washington, United States

    Established in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Performance Production and Theater, a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Early Music. Since its beginning, the College’s founder Nellie Cornish, and the many teaching artists who followed her, have believed in education through exposure to all the arts. This approach continues to inform the College’s curriculum and community involvement today. The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
  • Harris Theater for Music and Dance *

    Chicago, Illinois, United States

    The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance is a premier destination for performing arts in the Midwest, presenting a diverse range of national and international artists and ensembles each season. This 1500-seat state-of-the-art venue, located in Chicago’s Millennium Park, is also home to over 30 Chicago-based Resident Companies and is a unique American model for collaboration and capacity-building support for arts organizations. The Music Institute of Chicago joins the Harris Theater as its primary education partner in Fifty for the Future. This partnership represents the Theater’s ongoing commitment to providing exceptional pre-professional experiences for Chicago’s most gifted young artists.
  • Holland Festival *

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    The Holland Festival is the trend-setting performing arts festival in the Netherlands since 1947, annually presenting exceptional work at an international level. The Festival has an illustrious history, with every artistic director taking it in new directions that have again and again made the Festival a renowned event for over sixty years.

    The festival offers the audience a 'kaleidoscopic window on the world'. Music theatre and music are at the heart of the programme, with Western and non-Western art forms going hand in hand. Besides the performing arts (theatre, music theatre, dance, opera and music) there is plenty of room for the visual arts, literature and architecture. All aspects, colours and flavours of aesthetics are given attention and elbow room.
  • Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music *

    New York, New York, United States

    The only youth ensemble in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers, Kaufman Music Center’s 200+ member Face the Music has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City’s vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what The New York Times has called “a force in the New York new-music world.” NYC’s favorite youth new music ensemble performs at venues across the city and beyond, including Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, BAMcafé, Queens Museum, Roulette, and WNYC’s The Greene Space. Face the Music is the only youth group among the Legacy Partners for Kronos Quartet’s exciting new commissioning initiative “Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.” The recipient of an ASCAP Aaron Copland Award, Face the Music has been featured in Chamber Music Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News, and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
  • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Urbana, Illinois, United States

    Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the nation’s leading university-based performing arts center, provides a world-class environment for transformative creative encounters.

    Krannert Center comprises four indoor theatres, including Foellinger Great Hall—one of the world’s premier acoustic spaces, the Lobby’s Stage 5 and an outdoor amphitheatre, full production facilities including costume, props, lighting, audio, and scenery shops, multiple classrooms, rehearsal spaces, studios, and offices, deep integration of a world-renowned visiting artist series and the College of Fine + Applied Arts academic units of Illinois Theatre, School of Music, and Dance at Illinois, and over 400 performances, creative residencies, and engagement activities a year.
  • The Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase

    Purchase, New York, United States

    The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, a four-theatre complex, is the major professional, non-profit arts presenter in the Southeastern New York/Southwestern Connecticut region. The Center presents a broad range of performances that engage, challenge, and educate as well as entertain, bringing world-class music, dance, theatre, comedy, film, and family programming to audiences from the surrounding communities. Ongoing initiatives also encompass artist partnerships, residency activities, and commissions; increasing educational opportunities in the arts for K–12 students and multi-generational learners; and revitalizing efforts in the community to make the arts more accessible to broad and diverse audiences. The Center supports the mission of Purchase College by providing models of excellence for students in the study and performance of theatre, dance, and music.
  • Serious / Barbican *

    United Kingdom

    International live music producers Serious are Associate Producers at the Barbican, Europe’s largest performing arts centre. Both organisations see this programme as an exciting way of renewing their long-standing relationship with Kronos.

    The last 25 years have seen them host Kronos residencies and festivals, premiering key new works and touring Kronos across Britain and Ireland, and Kronos’ Fifty for the Future reflects their commitment to developing new work for new audiences
  • Texas Performing Arts Association at the University of Texas at Austin

    Austin, Texas, United States

    Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin is the largest and most comprehensive presenter of performing arts programming in Texas. Situated on The University of Texas campus, Texas Performing Arts serves the academic and research missions of The University of Texas and the College of Fine Arts through the presentation of world-class music, theatre, and dance performances, an unwavering commitment to the commission of new work, the development of collaborative programming with departments across campus, and one of the most comprehensive student engagement programs in the country. Texas Performing Arts is also the proud home of Broadway in Austin.
  • Washington Performing Arts *

    Washington, DC, United States

    Since 1965, Washington Performing Arts has had a foundational role in the arts in our nation’s capital, creating profound opportunities that connect community and artists, in both education and performance. As one of the leading presenters in the nation, Washington Performing Arts embraces a broad spectrum of the performing arts, including classical music, jazz, gospel, contemporary dance and music, world music, and new work. Through live events in venues that span the D.C. metropolitan area, the careers of emerging artists are launched and nurtured, and established artists return to develop closer relationships with Washington Performing Arts' audiences and creative partners.
Commissioning Partners
  • 21C Music Festival at The Royal Conservatory of Music

    Toronto, Canada

    The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected music performance and arts education institutions in the world. Its breathtaking Koerner Hall, along with two other concert spaces, presents 100+ concerts annually from acclaimed classical, jazz, pop, and world music. The Conservatory has a substantial impact on the lives of millions of people globally through its educational and social programs and the organization's alumni include internationally celebrated artists Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall. In May 2014, it launched its annual “21C Music Festival” dedicated to newly minted music from across multiple genres.
  • 21st-Century Musician Initiative, DePauw University

    Greencastle, Indiana, United States

    Launched by DePauw University School of Music, the 21st-Century Musician Initiative is a program that reimagines the skills, tools, and experiences necessary to create musicians of the future instead of the past. Revolutionizing the way people embrace and interact with music, 21CM creates flexible, entrepreneurial musicians, who find diverse musical venues and outlets, develop and connect with new audiences, and innovatively utilize their music to enrich local and global communities through the transformative powers of the artistic experience.
  • Esterhazy Foundation

    Eisenstadt, Austria

    The charismatic Esterházy princes played a prominent part in European history for centuries. Important magnates, diplomats, and military leaders, they were also avid art collectors who left behind a legacy of treasures and rarities. Today, the Esterhazy castles and palaces are among Burgenland’s most stunning cultural attractions where exquisite exhibits can be appreciated in their original settings. The rewarding role of the Esterhazy Foundation is to protect, preserve and research these cultural treasures, using innovative ideas to make them accessible to a broad public. With exhibitions, tours, special events and the classic Esterhazy concert series focusing on the works of Haydn and string quartets, Esterhazy helps bring to the world a wealth of experiences.
  • Philharmonic Society of Orange County

    Irvine, California, United States

    Since its inception in 1954, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County has presented the world's most acclaimed symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists and international artists for the enjoyment and appreciation of Orange County audiences. The Society's nationally recognized Youth Programs, one of the most extensive music education programs of its kind in the country, are offered free of charge to schools, students and parents, and each year reach more than 200,000 children from first grade through high school.
  • Seattle Theatre Group

    Seattle, Washington, United States

    Seattle Theatre Group's mission is to make diverse performing arts and education an integral part of our region’s rich cultural identity while keeping three landmark venues alive and vibrant. STG presents a range of performances from Broadway, off-Broadway, dance and jazz, to comedy, live theatre, concerts of all genres, speakers and family shows - at three iconic theatres in Seattle and venues throughout the Puget Sound region and in Portland, Oregon. STG is the 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization that operates the historic Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatres in Seattle, Washington.
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions, recognized internationally. Peter Oundjian, now in his 12th season as the TSO’s Music Director, leads the Orchestra with a commitment to innovative programming and audience engagement through a broad range of performances that showcase the exceptional talents of the Orchestra. Under Oundjian’s leadership, the TSO has distinguished itself as an active supporter of new Canadian and international works, predominantly through its annual New Creations Festival. The TSO also serves the larger community with TSOUNDCHECK, the original under-35 ticket program; the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra; and music education programs that reach over 50,000 students each year.
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Founded in 1919, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) is one of Canada’s most active and successful performing arts institutions. With an annual audience of over 260,000 people, the VSO features more than 50 celebrated guest artists each season in over 150 concerts. In 2008, the VSO won a GRAMMY® and a Juno® award for its recording of the Walton, Korngold, and Barber violin concertos, performed with violinist James Ehnes and conducted by Bramwell Tovey. Maestro Tovey’s extraordinary artistic leadership and remarkable relatability, combined with passionate advocacy for music education, makes him an ideal Music Director for an orchestra in the 21st Century. The VSO also maintains extensive education and community programs experienced by over 50,000 children each year. In September 2011, it opened a 25,000-square-foot community music school, the VSO School of Music, in downtown Vancouver.
  • Wyatt Artist in Residence Series, Mount Royal University Conservatory

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    The Mount Royal University Conservatory has played a pivotal role in Calgary’s performing arts scene since 1911. With its mission to nurture the artistic potential in everyone, and identify and train the great artists of tomorrow, the MRU Conservatory has artistically empowered people of all ages and abilities with its diverse programming. With more than 4,000 students every year, MRU Conservatory is the largest institution of its kind in Canada. Through the Wyatt Artist in Residence and Concert Series, the Academy for Gifted Youth program students have the unique opportunity to work closely with some of the world’s most acclaimed musicians and teachers. MRU Conservatory is thrilled to be a commissioning partner with Kronos in its monumental Fifty for the Future project!

* KPAA Institutional Partner

Additional Partners
  • Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire is also made possible by generous support from Peggy Dorfman and the Ralph I. Dorfman Family Fund, David and Evelyne Lennette, Andrea Abernethy Lunsford, The National Endowment for the Arts/ Art Works, The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Sara Sackner and Alice Wingwall.