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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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June 01, 2018

Kronos celebrates His Highness the Aga Khan at Jubilee in London

We are honored to take part in the Diamond Jubilee celebration of His Highness the Aga Khan at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 20th. This month and next, the Ismaili Muslim Community is commemorating 60 years since the Aga Khan became the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims on July 11, 1957. Produced by the Ismaili Centre, London, Aga Khan Music Initiative, and Serious, Jubilee! With Kronos Quartet, Bassekou Kouyaté and AKMI Masters will celebrate the diversity, richness and vitality of Muslim musical heritage in a contemporary expression. We are thrilled to share the stage with so many incredible musicians, including Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyaté, Chinese pipa player Wu Man, Afghan rubab player Homayoun Sakhi, Syrian duclar player Basel Rajoub, Afghan percussionist Salar Nader, Tajikistani dutar, tanbur and sato performer Sirojiddin Juraev, Syria qanun player Feras Charestan, Uzbekistani percussionist Abbos Kosimov, and Italian frame drummer Andrea Piccioni. Tickets still available, but going quickly.

The Aga Khan Music Initiative and Kronos’ decade-long partnership has fostered many of our collaborations with leading musicians from Muslim-majority countries, including Homayoun Sakhi, the Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Trio Da Kali and, most recently, Sirojiddin Juraev (with frequent collaborator Wu Man). Learn more >

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May 22, 2018

“At War With Ourselves” awarded a 2018 MAP Fund Grant

We are honored to announce that Kronos Performing Arts Association is among the 2018 MAP Fund Grantees for At War With Ourselves, a project in development by Terence Blanchard, Nikky Finney, Kronos Quartet and Valerie Sainte Agathe. Learn more about the project >

MAP invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining – and ultimately creating – a more equitable and vibrant society. The 2018 MAP Fund Grantees include 40 original, live performance projects that will receive a total of $1.4 million in direct support for project creation, development, and distribution. See the full list of grantees >

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Concert Schedule

Jun28New York, New York92Y (92nd Street Y)
Jun29Katonah, New YorkSpanish Courtyard, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Jul5Lisbon, PortugalRuínas do Convento do Carmo
Jul7Trenčin, SlovakiaTrenčín Airport
Jul9Aachen, GermanyMusikbunker Aachen
Jul11Geneva, SwitzerlandScène Ella Fitzgerald, Parc de la Grange

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


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