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July 20, 2018

Behind in the #KronosChallenge? Catch up this weekend

The first ever Kronos Listening Challenge began on Saturday. Thank you to everyone around the world who has been following #KronosChallenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and listening to each album we’ve posted. If you’d like to participate, but are behind (or just getting started), you can catch up by following the links below.

#1: Michael Gordon: Clouded Yellow (May 2018, Cantaloupe)
#2: Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet: Landfall (February 2018, Nonesuch)
#3: Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet: Ladilikan (September 2017, World Circuit)
#4: Folk Songs (June 2017, Nonesuch)
#5: Aleksandra Vrebalov: The Sea Ranch Songs (September 2016, Cantaloupe)
#6a: Pelle Gundmundsen-Holmgreen: Green Ground with Theatre of Voices (June 2016, Dacapo)
#6b: Kronos Plays Holmgreen (October 2008, Dacapo)
#7: Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry Riley (June 2015, Nonesuch)
#8: Derek Charke: Tundra Songs (March 2015, Centrediscs)
#9: A Thousand Thoughts (April 2014, Nonesuch)
#10: Aheym: Kronos Quartet plays music by Bryce Dessner (November 2013, Anti-)

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July 13, 2018


The first ever Kronos Listening Challenge begins tomorrow. For the next 50 days, we will feature one album a day (sometimes two a day) from our catalogue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We invite you to listen to all 54 recordings.

To participate, follow #KronosChallenge on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and download the #KronosChallenge Listening Card to keep track of what you’ve heard.


June 21, 2018

Kronos honored with the 2018 WOMEX Artist Award

WOMEX – the World Music Expo – announced today that Kronos Quartet will receive the 2018 WOMEX Artist Award at the annual event, which is being held this year in the Canary Islands, October 24–28. Kronos is honored and proud to be recognized by such an energizing and galvanizing force in the world of music.

“That Kronos is now included in the amazing roster of awardees is both humbling and a huge challenge as we chart our future musical routes and adventures” said David Harrington, Kronos’ artistic director, founder and violinist, “We celebrate our membership in the global community of musicians every day as we attempt, with every note we play, to offer paths forward reflecting the inspiring possibilities shown us by our incredible composers and collaborators. The fabric of future music needs all the strength, vitality and broad vision we can muster. The WOMEX Artist Award propels us into the future, and we are very grateful.”

Previous Artist Award winners include Calypso Rose (Trinidad & Tobago), Oumou Sangaré (Mali), Mariza (Portugal), Hugh Masekela (South Africa) and Los Van Van (Cuba). Full list >

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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:


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June 12, 2018

In memory: Larry Neff

On the fourth anniversary of Laurence “Larry” Neff’s death, we remember our beloved colleague, who served as Kronos’ Lighting Designer and Production Director for more than 25 years. He was a dear friend and a visionary artist whose masterful work was synonymous with and inseparable from Kronos’ performances for decades. Our thoughts are with Larry’s family, friends, and colleagues today.

Larry Neff

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Concert Schedule

Aug5Santa Cruz, CaliforniaSanta Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sep1Zakopane, PolandKościół Świętego Krzyża w Zakopanem
Sep4Santa Barbara, CaliforniaCampbell Hall
Sep6Turin, ItalyConservatorio Giuseppe Verdi
Sep7Milan, ItalyPiccolo Teatro Grassi
Sep9Ventspils, LatviaLielā zāle, Teātra nams “Jūras vārti”

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


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