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June 05, 2017

Who will be #50?

We could not be more thrilled to announce that the initial 15 open access string quartet scores and parts that we have commissioned and released online for FREE through Kronos’ Fifty for the Future have been downloaded by musicians, students, composers, and music fans in 49 countries worldwide. Thank you all!

Preview all of the available contemporary string quartets below, and then help us get to 50 countries by:
1) Downloading your favorite here: http://kronosquartet.org/fifty-for-the-future

2) Posting your performance of your favorite work like these groups.

(Please always tag us or email us when you post your performance. We love seeing groups around the world perform this work! And, please make sure people know where you found the music by linking back to our website.)

May 05, 2017

AVAILABLE NOW! Five new string quartets from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future

As of today, you can now study and learn to play new string quartets written by Raven Chacon, Rhiannon Giddens, Yotam Haber, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Aleksander Kościów! Scores and parts, recordings, and learning materials are now available on our website, free of charge.

Commissioned for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, these new pieces join ten previously released works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Ken Benshoof, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Garth Knox, Nicole Lizée, Kala Ramnath, Tanya Tagaq, Merlijn Twaalfhoven, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Wu Man. When completed, this collection will feature 50 new works composed by an eclectic, international group of 25 female and 25 male composers, and designed expressly for the training of student quartets and emerging professionals.

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May 01, 2017

Kronos to perform 20th Fifty for the Future premiere in Uppsala, Sweden

We’re headed to Sweden to perform the 20th premiere from Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning RepertoireKarin Rehnqvist‘s “The Riddle” – at Uppsala Konsert & Kongress on Friday. On the same day, we are releasing the next five additions to Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, our ongoing multi-year education and legacy project that is commissioning—and distributing for free—the first learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartet. Scores and parts, recordings, and supplemental learning materials for new string quartets composed by Raven Chacon, Rhiannon Giddens, Yotam Haber, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Aleksander Kościów will be available online at http://kronosquartet.org/fifty-for-the-future.

April 26, 2017

Thank You to Francis Scott Key Elementary and Monroe Elementary!

We had a blast performing Kronos’ Fifty for the Future pieces for Bonnie Quinn and Mark Rosenberg’s 3rd grade classes from Francis Scott Key Elementary and Monroe Elementary in San Francisco, CA last week. Thank you for having us!

A huge thank you to our big fans in Room 127 - Yegor, Danielle, Thomas, Jasmine, Ethan, Kayli, Marcus, Regina, Noah, Miracle, Royal, Khitara, Joseph, Dominic, Jacky, Osirus, Roman, Jasmine A., Ruben, Jonathan, Brandon and Yi - who made us a beautiful work of art for our rehearsal space!

April 03, 2017

A Spring Afternoon with Kronos benefitting Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

On Sunday, April 30th, from 3 to 6:00 p.m., Kronos will host an intimate afternoon filled with music and inspiration at a private home in Stanford, California, to benefit Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. The musical program features Kronos Quartet and two Bay Area-based student ensembles – Dragon String Quartet from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School for the Arts and Claudius Quartet from Young Chamber Musicians – performing recent work commissioned by Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, including West Coast premieres of string quartets by Laurie Anderson and Rhiannon Giddens. After the outdoor concert, enjoy appetizers, drinks, and conversation with the artists, as well as special guests like Joan Jeanrenaud, former longtime Kronos cellist and Fifty for the Future composer, on the grounds of our hosts’ beautifully restored 1914 home.

Tickets are $250. All proceeds benefit Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, a major initiative of the San Francisco-based 501(c)3 nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association. Capacity is limited. Please RSVP by April 15, 2017. Contact Mason Dille, Development Manager 415.731.3533, email

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