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June 15, 2016

Summer residency at the birthplace of the string quartet

The Esterhazy Foundation has invited Kronos Quartet to develop a summer residency for string quartets from August 22 to 24, 2016, at the Schloss Esterházy – the birthplace of the string quartet – in Eisenstadt, Austria. Quartets are invited to apply to participate in this unique learning experience at the castle where Joseph Haydn lived and worked for over 30 years by the deadline JUNE 28.

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June 14, 2016

Please donate $50 for Fifty for the Future

Help us give free access to string quartet music scores, and teach everyone how to play them. Please consider supporting our new education initiative Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire before June 30, with a gift of $50 – one dollar for each new work created. Any amount helps – we’re a nonprofit organization with the mission to continually reimagine the string quartet experience.



Thank you for supporting our work!

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June 06, 2016

NPR’s Weekend Edition features Kronos’ Fifty for the Future

On Saturday, June 4, NPR’s Weekend Edition aired a story on Kronos’ Fifty for the Future education initiative, featuring interviews with our artistic director David Harrington, composers Garth Knox and Wu Man, and Friction Quartet’s Taija Warbelow, a violist we coached at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Click here to listen to “Kronos Quartet Wants To Give You Free Music — And Teach You How To Play It”

May 31, 2016

Trinity Laban honors Kronos

On May 11, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance gave an Honorary Fellowship to Kronos Quartet. All four members of the quartet – David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt and Sunny Yang – and Janet Cowperthwaite, managing director of Kronos Performing Arts Association, were deeply honored by the citation read by Dr. Claire Mera-Nelson, Director of Music at Trinity Laban, which included the following tribute:

“The Kronos Quartet’s significance extends far beyond the realms of classical chamber music, and for us at Trinity Laban, they provide an exceptional model of the vision, mission and values we aspire to exemplify. Their commitment to making a contribution to society – striving through music to inspire those who hear it to greater things – is truly inspirational. It is no exaggeration to say that thanks to their work, our conception of what a string quartet can be has changed radically, and for the better. It is for these reasons that Trinity Laban wishes today to honour Kronos Quartet with this Honorary Fellowship.”

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May 20, 2016

Watch Kronos Perform Live On May 25

The Royal Conservatory will livestream Kronos Quartet’s 21C Music Festival performance on Wednesday, May 25, at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT. Click here for more details.

Kronos is thrilled to have Tanya Tagaq joining them on stage to perform the world premiere of her composition Snow Angel—Sivunittinni, which was commissioned for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future. Tagaq and the quartet will also perform Nunavut, the piece she wrote for Kronos in 2006. Canadian premieres by Mark Applebaum and Nicole Lizée, along with several pieces from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future repertoire will also be featured. See the full program here.

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Concert Schedule

Jul4Bucharest, RomaniaSummer Theatre, Herastrau Park
Jul5Bucharest, RomaniaSummer Theatre, Herastrau Park
Jul7Paris, FranceGrande salle - Philharmonie 1
Jul9CopenhagenThe Royal Theatre Opera House
Jul30San Francisco, CaliforniaPresidio Officers' Club
Aug19Bratislava, SlovakiaVeľký Evanjelický Kostol

Kronos tours often! View all of our venues and dates.

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