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June 17, 2018

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

Today, we released the scores and parts, recordings and other learning materials for the next five Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire string quartets, composed by Islam Chipsy, Aftab Darvishi, Philip Glass, Onutė Narbutaitė and Yevgeniy Sharlat. This marks the halfway point of the five-year project with 25 pieces released! Download the scores and parts and explore more materials here, and listen to the five new works below:


This online release adds to previously published pieces by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Laurie Anderson, Ken Benshoof, Raven Chacon, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Rhiannon Giddens, Yotam Haber, Joan Jeanrenaud, Garth Knox, Aleksander Kościów, Nicole Lizée, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Kala Ramnath, Karin Rehnqvist, Trey Spruance, Tanya Tagaq, Stephan Thelen, Merlijn Twaalfhoven, Aleksandra Vrebalov and Wu Man. When completed, this collection will feature 50 new string quartets composed by an eclectic, international group of 25 female and 25 male composers. Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is devoted to the most contemporary approaches to the string quartet and designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. Launched in 2015, the initial 20 scores of the initiative have been downloaded over 8,500 times in 76 countries and territories worldwide.

To mark the release, Kronos participated in Kronos Sessions, an all-day mini-festival at the 2018 Holland Festival, a Kronos’ Fifty for the Future Legacy Partner. Kronos was joined by Mahsa Vahdat, Jherek Bischoff, Trio Da Kali, Vân Ánh Võ, Ragazze Quartet, Ebonit Saxophone Quartet, and students from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague for concerts, public masterclasses, films and a public discussion at the Muziekgebouw and the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and foundations, including Andrea Abernethy Lunsford, the National Endowment for the Arts, Marjorie Randolph, Peggy Dorfman and the Ralph I. Dorfman Family Fund, David and Evelyne Lennette, the Tin Man Fund, and many more.


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