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October 11, 2017

Rhiannon Giddens Named 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Winner

We are thrilled that Rhiannon Giddens, one of our Year 1 composers for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, has been named a MacArthur Foundation 2017 “Genius” Grant Winner! The MacArthur fellowships, awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for exceptional “originality, insight and potential.” Giddens joins a group of 23 other “exceptionally creative” individuals; see the full list and read more about the fellows here.

We can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor. Congratulations, Rhiannon!

September 12, 2017

National Arts in Education Week

This week is Arts Education Week! For artists like ourselves, there is no end to our arts education (and we hope there is no end to yours either). As David, our artistic director, founder, and violinist, is fond of saying, “I think of playing in Kronos as having three teachers every day. Sunny, Hank, John - they’re always teaching me. When we add a composer, we are listening to what he or she says to us, trying to assemble a body of evidence about the music at hand, so the composer becomes a teacher as well. The same goes for all of our collaborators. We’re always trying to figure out how Kronos can extend its experiences and enlarge the palette of what can be done by two violins, a viola, and a cello.”

Whether you would like to celebrate, participate in, or advocate for the arts (or all of the above!) during National Arts In Education Week, you can learn more on the Americans for the Arts’ website:

August 23, 2017

Kronos’ Fifty for the Future featured on

Kronos violinist John Sherba recently spoke with about Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, our education and legacy project that is commissioning – and distributing for free – the first learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartet:

“There are going to be a lot of new techniques and ways to describe music. I remember when we were working on an album we did called ‘Pieces of Africa’ with composers from all over Africa. During rehearsals, we’d be talking about how an elephant walks – who would ever think that would come up in a quartet rehearsal? Another composer would use the word ‘gluing’ to describe the rhythmic aspect and how to stay together. We expanded our whole vocabulary of how to describe and talk about music. That’s also the goal for anybody who would try to tackle all 50 compositions in ‘Fifty for the Future,’ to expand the vocabulary.”

Thank you Laurie! Check out the full article here on

August 10, 2017

“If you teach or study a string instrument, here’s something that should delight you.”

Thank you, WXXI Classical 91.5, for highlighting Kronos’ Fifty for the Future last weekend! Check out the piece here, and if you haven’t heard the young groups around the world who are tackling Fifty for the Future pieces, check out our playlist here!

July 28, 2017

Thank you WOSU Public Media!

A big thank you to WOSU Public Media for featuring Kronos’ Fifty for the Future as a way of keeping the arts accessible, calling the project “elegant in its simplicity.” We greatly appreciate their continued support, and are looking forward to visiting them and the rest of Columbus in January 2018 for the premiere of “A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet” at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

A quick note to our fans: WOSU’s Classical 101 is running an instrument drive. If you have an unplayed instrument at home taking up space in your closet or attic, please consider donating it to “Replay!” or your local public school music program.


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