Kronos’ Fifty for the Future Partners

Lead Partner
  • Carnegie Hall

    New York, New York, United States

    Since 1891, New York's Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for excellence in performance, presenting exceptional concerts by the world’s finest artists on its three iconic stages, from orchestral concerts, chamber music, contemporary offerings, and recitals to jazz, world, and popular music. Complementing its performance activities, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute creates extensive music education and community programs that annually serve more than 450,000 people worldwide, playing a central role in fulfilling Carnegie Hall's commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible.
Legacy Partners
  • Aga Khan Music Initiative

    Geneva, Switzerland

    The Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) is an interregional music and arts education program with worldwide performance, outreach, mentoring, and artistic production activities. Launched by His Highness the Aga Khan to support talented musicians and music educators working to preserve, transmit, and develop their musical heritage in contemporary forms, the Initiative designs and implements a country-specific set of activities for each country into which it invests. AKMI works to promote revitalization of cultural heritage both as a source of livelihood for musicians and as a means to strengthen pluralism in nations where it is challenged by social, political, and economic constraints.
  • The Arts Center at New York University Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    The New York University Abu Dhabi Arts Center aspires to be an internationally renowned performing arts center that presents student, faculty, and community productions alongside distinguished professional artists from around the world. As a place that both presents and develops work, The Arts Center will act as a vibrant laboratory for performance that fosters a dynamic relationship between the arts, scholarship, and community. It will serve NYUAD with compelling programming that connects to the curriculum, using the arts to illuminate and enliven the scholarly pursuits of students and faculty. It will host a range of public programs that draw residents of Abu Dhabi to the campus, animating and enriching the cultural life of both the city and the university through interaction.
  • Cal Performances / University of California

    Berkeley, California, United States

    Cal Performances is the performing arts presenter of the University of California, Berkeley, fulfilling its mission by presenting, producing and commissioning renowned and emerging artists in music, dance, and theater. The organization reaches over 250,000 people annually through concerts, campus and community events, including talks, symposia, lecture demonstrations, and academic courses based on Cal Performances’ season. Artists include Yo-Yo Ma, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, Wu Man, Takács Quartet, Cecilia Bartoli, The Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Kronos Quartet, among many others.
  • Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA

    Los Angeles, California, United States

    Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) is the programming force behind the live presentation of contemporary performing arts at the University of California, Los Angeles. CAP UCLA is a powerful expression of the university’s mission, and is responsible for building upon the 80-year legacy of Royce Hall for successive generations. Programming across a wide spectrum of contemporary artistry, CAP UCLA is committed to bringing artists to heightened public attention, and believes that those working in the ephemeral forms of dance, music, and theater are vital to our shared heritage.
  • Cornish College of the Arts

    Seattle, Washington, United States

    Established in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Performance Production and Theater, a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Early Music. Since its beginning, the College’s founder Nellie Cornish, and the many teaching artists who followed her, have believed in education through exposure to all the arts. This approach continues to inform the College’s curriculum and community involvement today. The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
  • Holland Festival

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    The Holland Festival is the trend-setting performing arts festival in the Netherlands since 1947, annually presenting exceptional work at an international level. The Festival has an illustrious history, with every artistic director taking it in new directions that have again and again made the Festival a renowned event for over sixty years.

    The festival offers the audience a 'kaleidoscopic window on the world'. Music theatre and music are at the heart of the programme, with Western and non-Western art forms going hand in hand. Besides the performing arts (theatre, music theatre, dance, opera and music) there is plenty of room for the visual arts, literature and architecture. All aspects, colours and flavours of aesthetics are given attention and elbow room.
  • Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music

    New York, New York, United States

    The only youth ensemble in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers, Kaufman Music Center’s 200+ member Face the Music has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City’s vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what The New York Times has called “a force in the New York new-music world.” NYC’s favorite youth new music ensemble performs at venues across the city and beyond, including Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, BAMcafé, Queens Museum, Roulette, and WNYC’s The Greene Space. Face the Music is the only youth group among the Legacy Partners for Kronos Quartet’s exciting new commissioning initiative “Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.” The recipient of an ASCAP Aaron Copland Award, Face the Music has been featured in Chamber Music Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News, and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
  • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Urbana, Illinois, United States

    Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the nation’s leading university-based performing arts center, provides a world-class environment for transformative creative encounters.

    Krannert Center comprises four indoor theatres, including Foellinger Great Hall—one of the world’s premier acoustic spaces, the Lobby’s Stage 5 and an outdoor amphitheatre, full production facilities including costume, props, lighting, audio, and scenery shops, multiple classrooms, rehearsal spaces, studios, and offices, deep integration of a world-renowned visiting artist series and the College of Fine + Applied Arts academic units of Illinois Theatre, School of Music, and Dance at Illinois, and over 400 performances, creative residencies, and engagement activities a year.
  • The Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase

    Purchase, New York, United States

    The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, a four-theatre complex, is the major professional, non-profit arts presenter in the Southeastern New York/Southwestern Connecticut region. The Center presents a broad range of performances that engage, challenge, and educate as well as entertain, bringing world-class music, dance, theatre, comedy, film, and family programming to audiences from the surrounding communities. Ongoing initiatives also encompass artist partnerships, residency activities, and commissions; increasing educational opportunities in the arts for K–12 students and multi-generational learners; and revitalizing efforts in the community to make the arts more accessible to broad and diverse audiences. The Center supports the mission of Purchase College by providing models of excellence for students in the study and performance of theatre, dance, and music.
  • ProQuartet Centre Européen de Musique de Chambre

    Paris, France

    In 2017, ProQuartet Centre Européen de Musique de Chambre (CEMC) will be 30 years old. During these 30 years, the association has fully achieved its mission, contributing to the emergence of string quartets and supporting the chamber music community. As a concert producer & broadcaster, an artistic laboratory and a training & creation center, ProQuartet-CEMC works to make chamber music accessible to a diverse audience. ProQuartet is a a training, education, and promotion institute for string quartet and chamber music, that organizes concerts with international and French ensembles reaching a high level of excellence, in heritage places (Château de Lourmarin, Musée de l'Orangerie, Mairie du 4e arrondissement de Paris), as well as rural territories (sud Seine-et-Marne, Provence, Limousin), helping their professional integration and the transmission to a renewed classical audience.
  • Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

    San Francisco, California, United States

    The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts offers a highly creative alternative for students who seek in-depth study of the arts as part of their daily high school experience. Students attend academic classes each morning on a rotating block schedule. In the afternoon, at least 2 to 3 hours daily are devoted to their art discipline, where they are taught and mentored by their Arts Directors and a corps of Artists-in-Residence from the broader arts community. In addition to fulfilling their academic responsibilities, students spend their time in rehearsals, studio time, outside lessons, training, showcases and performances.
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music

    San Francisco, California, United States

    Founded in 1917, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) is a global destination for musical excellence, earning an international reputation for producing musicians of the highest caliber. Located in the heart of San Francisco's Civic Center, SFCM's faculty includes nearly 30 members of the San Francisco Symphony as well as Grammy Award-winning artists in fields ranging from orchestral and chamber performance to classical guitar. SFCM's collegiate and Pre-College students have appeared at such storied venues as Carnegie Hall and Davies Symphony Hall and have performed on national radio programs including NPR's Live from Here and Performance Today. Notable alumni include violinists Yehudi Menuhin and Isaac Stern, conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, soprano Elza van den Heever, the Naumburg Award-winning Telegraph Quartet (on faculty as SFCM's Quartet-in-Residence), Blue Bottle Coffee founder James Freeman, and Ronald Losby (President of Steinway & Sons - Americas), among others.
  • Serious / Barbican

    United Kingdom

    International live music producers Serious are Associate Producers at the Barbican, Europe’s largest performing arts centre. Both organisations see this programme as an exciting way of renewing their long-standing relationship with Kronos.

    The last 25 years have seen them host Kronos residencies and festivals, premiering key new works and touring Kronos across Britain and Ireland, and Kronos’ Fifty for the Future reflects their commitment to developing new work for new audiences
  • Texas Performing Arts Association at the University of Texas at Austin

    Austin, Texas, United States

    Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin is the largest and most comprehensive presenter of performing arts programming in Texas. Situated on The University of Texas campus, Texas Performing Arts serves the academic and research missions of The University of Texas and the College of Fine Arts through the presentation of world-class music, theatre, and dance performances, an unwavering commitment to the commission of new work, the development of collaborative programming with departments across campus, and one of the most comprehensive student engagement programs in the country. Texas Performing Arts is also the proud home of Broadway in Austin.
  • Washington Performing Arts

    Washington, DC, United States

    Since 1965, Washington Performing Arts has had a foundational role in the arts in our nation’s capital, creating profound opportunities that connect community and artists, in both education and performance. As one of the leading presenters in the nation, Washington Performing Arts embraces a broad spectrum of the performing arts, including classical music, jazz, gospel, contemporary dance and music, world music, and new work. Through live events in venues that span the D.C. metropolitan area, the careers of emerging artists are launched and nurtured, and established artists return to develop closer relationships with Washington Performing Arts' audiences and creative partners.
Commissioning Partners
  • 21C Music Festival at The Royal Conservatory of Music

    Toronto, Canada

    The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected music performance and arts education institutions in the world. Its breathtaking Koerner Hall, along with two other concert spaces, presents 100+ concerts annually from acclaimed classical, jazz, pop, and world music. The Conservatory has a substantial impact on the lives of millions of people globally through its educational and social programs and the organization's alumni include internationally celebrated artists Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall. In May 2014, it launched its annual “21C Music Festival” dedicated to newly minted music from across multiple genres.
  • 21st-Century Musician Initiative, DePauw University

    Greencastle, Indiana, United States

    Launched by DePauw University School of Music, the 21st-Century Musician Initiative is a program that reimagines the skills, tools, and experiences necessary to create musicians of the future instead of the past. Revolutionizing the way people embrace and interact with music, 21CM creates flexible, entrepreneurial musicians, who find diverse musical venues and outlets, develop and connect with new audiences, and innovatively utilize their music to enrich local and global communities through the transformative powers of the artistic experience.
  • Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

    Banff, Alberta, Canada

    Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus—artists, leaders, and thinkers—to unleash their creative potential.
  • Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    The Calgary Philharmonic has been a cornerstone of Calgary’s multi-faceted arts community since 1955, and is one of North America’s finest and most versatile live music ensembles. From classical giants to rock and roll hits and family favorites, the Calgary Philharmonic offers an average of 83 concerts per Season designed to fit all musical tastes. The Calgary Philharmonic Society was created in the 1955 merger of the Alberta Philharmonic and the Calgary Symphony. Performing in Calgary's Grand Theatre to a small but enthusiastic audience at first, the Orchestra gained wider attention in 1957 with the completion of its first home, the Jubilee Auditorium. As the audience grew and public acclaim heightened, in 1985 the Calgary Philharmonic moved to its permanent home in Arts Commons’ Jack Singer Concert Hall, one of North America’s most acoustically acclaimed venues.
  • CU Presents, University of Colorado Boulder College of Music

    Boulder, Colorado, United States

    CU Presents is the home of performing arts on the beautiful University of Colorado Boulder campus, hosting more than 500 events each year. For more than 80 years, CU Presents’ Artist Series has brought leading classical performers, renowned jazz and world music groups and acclaimed dance ensembles to CU Boulder’s historic Macky Auditorium. CU Presents also hosts the Eklund Opera Program, chamber concerts with the Grammy-winning Takács Quartet and the beloved annual Holiday Festival. The College of Music offers almost 400 recitals and concerts by faculty, students and guest artists. Each summer, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival stages professional plays in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the indoor University Theatre. Throughout the year, the Department of Theatre & Dance presents almost 100 faculty, student and guest artist performances. Find your next performance at

  • Esterhazy Foundation

    Eisenstadt, Austria

    The charismatic Esterházy princes played a prominent part in European history for centuries. Important magnates, diplomats, and military leaders, they were also avid art collectors who left behind a legacy of treasures and rarities. Today, the Esterhazy castles and palaces are among Burgenland’s most stunning cultural attractions where exquisite exhibits can be appreciated in their original settings. The rewarding role of the Esterhazy Foundation is to protect, preserve and research these cultural treasures, using innovative ideas to make them accessible to a broad public. With exhibitions, tours, special events and the classic Esterhazy concert series focusing on the works of Haydn and string quartets, Esterhazy helps bring to the world a wealth of experiences.
  • Green Music Center at Sonoma State University

    Rohnert Park, California, United States

    The Green Music Center is the performing arts presenter at Sonoma State University. The mission of the Green Music Center to present the most compelling artists of our time, to investigate ideas, and to provide access to diverse artistic experiences that educate, connect, and inspire Sonoma State University and neighboring North Bay communities. Surrounded by the foothills of Sonoma County, the Green Music Center includes the 1,400-seat Weill Hall, with a rear wall that opens to lawn seating for a unique summertime experience, and the intimate 240-seat Schroeder Hall. As a focal point for the arts and education in the region, the Green Music Center presents artists year-round, serving as home to the Santa Rosa Symphony and Sonoma Bach.
  • Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa

    Iowa City, Iowa, United States

    Hancher is a multidisciplinary performing arts presenter at the University of Iowa committed to connecting artists and audiences with transformational artistic experiences. Celebrating its 45th anniversary season in 2017–2018, Hancher has long been the cultural hub of the University of Iowa campus—presenting world-class dance, music, and theater. Along the way, Hancher has extended its reach far beyond campus, engaging thousands of Iowans each year, on campus, throughout the community, and across the state. Hancher is one of the leading university presenters of the performing arts in the nation and has earned an international reputation for excellence. In 2016, the organization moved into a beautiful new facility designed by famed architect César Pelli. The new Hancher Auditorium replaces the original facility which was destroyed by flooding in 2008. Hancher is proud be a longtime presenter of and commissioner for Kronos Quartet.
  • International Festival of Arts & Ideas

    New Haven, Connecticut, United States

    The International Festival of Arts & Ideas convenes leading artists, thought leaders, and innovators from around the world for fifteen days of dynamic public programs to engage, entertain, and inspire a diversity of communities. More than 80% of Festival programs are free to the public, including events that feature some of the most influential jazz, classical, dance, and theater artists of our time. The Festival takes place in venues and open spaces in downtown New Haven, Connecticut in the heart of the northeast corridor.

  • Lamont School of Music, University of Denver

    Denver, Colorado, United States

    Poised at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music prepares students from around the nation and the world to climb to the summit of careers in performance, conducting, composition, scholarship and recording. Our students, faculty members and guest artists perform on the concert and recital hall stages of the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, one of the nation’s most extraordinary campus arts centers. They also experience and participate in an unrivaled metropolitan arts environment only a brief light rail ride away. World class symphony, opera, jazz, ballet and theatre offer inspiration and performance opportunities.
  • OZ Arts Nashville & Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University

    Nashville, Tennessee, United States

    OZ Arts Nashville supports the creation, development, and presentation of significant performing and visual art works by leading artists whose contribution influences the advancement of their field. OZ Arts is a 501c3 non-profit, contemporary arts center housed in the former CAO cigar headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee that presents artworks from a variety of disciplines by local, national and international artists. Since opening to the public in 2014, OZ Arts has contributed to the expanding cultural landscape of the Mid-South region by offering an intimate context for performing and visual art programs that challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences. The Blair School of Music serves as the focal point within Vanderbilt University for the study of music as a human endeavor and as a performing art. The Blair School of Music addresses music through a broad array of academic, pedagogical, and performing activities.In its scholarly and creative work, the Blair School of Music proposes to advance the discovery of knowledge, to expand the horizons of musical expression, to promote academic excellence, and to sustain an environment supporting these pursuits by faculty and students.
  • Philharmonic Society of Orange County

    Irvine, California, United States

    Since its inception in 1954, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County has presented the world's most acclaimed symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists and international artists for the enjoyment and appreciation of Orange County audiences. The Society's nationally recognized Youth Programs, one of the most extensive music education programs of its kind in the country, are offered free of charge to schools, students and parents, and each year reach more than 200,000 children from first grade through high school.
  • Seattle Theatre Group

    Seattle, Washington, United States

    Seattle Theatre Group's mission is to make diverse performing arts and education an integral part of our region’s rich cultural identity while keeping three landmark venues alive and vibrant. STG presents a range of performances from Broadway, off-Broadway, dance and jazz, to comedy, live theatre, concerts of all genres, speakers and family shows - at three iconic theatres in Seattle and venues throughout the Puget Sound region and in Portland, Oregon. STG is the 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization that operates the historic Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatres in Seattle, Washington.
  • Singapore International Festival of Arts


    Inaugurated in 1977, the annual arts festival went on a hiatus after 2012 and returned in 2014 under the baton of Founding Festival Director ONG Keng Sen. With the mission to artistically reinvigorate and transform the festival, ONG renamed it Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA). He initiated The O.P.E.N., a pre-festival of ideas to engage diverse audiences with the ideas, issues and themes of SIFA. Today, SIFA is the premier national performing arts festival managed commissioned by the National Arts Council. It aims to inspire through great international and Singapore artistic experiences in performance, theatre, dance and music.
  • Stanford Live

    Stanford, California, United States

    Stanford Live presents a wide range of the finest performances from around the world, fostering a vibrant learning community and providing distinctive experiences through the performing arts. With its home at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford Live is simultaneously a public square, a sanctuary, and a lab, drawing on the breadth and depth of Stanford University to connect performance to the significant issues, ideas, and discoveries of our time. Stanford Live includes a wealth of collaborators and partners, including Stanford academic departments and individual faculty members, Stanford students, off-campus arts institutions, and community organizations. Crucially, Stanford Live supports the university’s focus on placing the arts at the heart of a Stanford education.
  • Symphony Nova Scotia

    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Symphony Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s most versatile and exciting orchestras. Under the thoughtful and dynamic leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia’s 37-member orchestra proudly performs music that reflects Nova Scotia’s diverse musical interests and history, combining classical masterworks, historically informed baroque, new compositions including commissions and Canadian works, and groundbreaking collaborations featuring artists from Nova Scotia’s rich pop, indie, and Celtic music scene. Symphony Nova Scotia was founded in 1983, and flourished under the long-term leadership of legendary Austrian conductor Georg Tintner. Today, with a home base in Halifax and performances across the province, Symphony Nova Scotia reaches more than 50,000 Nova Scotians of all ages each year with its diverse mix of concerts, free community programs, and educational outreach.
  • Thy Centre for Musical Arts

    Vestervig, Denmark

    Thy Centre for Musical Arts, founded in 2016, is a new international centre out in a small village Vestervig, in the wild nature of Thy in Denmark, bringing together musical artists and crafts(wo)men from all over the world to explore how Musical Arts have been created through history and how they can be created in the future.
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions, recognized internationally. Peter Oundjian, now in his 12th season as the TSO’s Music Director, leads the Orchestra with a commitment to innovative programming and audience engagement through a broad range of performances that showcase the exceptional talents of the Orchestra. Under Oundjian’s leadership, the TSO has distinguished itself as an active supporter of new Canadian and international works, predominantly through its annual New Creations Festival. The TSO also serves the larger community with TSOUNDCHECK, the original under-35 ticket program; the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra; and music education programs that reach over 50,000 students each year.
  • Uppsala Konsert & Kongress

    Uppsala, Sweden

    Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, UKK, is a modern and progressive center for culture and meetings that opened in 2007, hosting close to half a million visits each year. The expressive building is situated in Uppsala, one of Sweden’s four biggest cities. The architectural structure of the concert and congress hall, designed by famous Danish architect studio Henning Larsen Tegnestue, is truly a landmark to admire in the city. The range of possibilities inside the spacious building offers the visitor a unique experience with each visit. UKK is an established and well-renowned scene for live music, with versatile acoustics suitable for a variety of genres and settings. Contemporary dance, art, and science all come together here—a meeting point for everyone looking for a bold and modern cultural experience. Uppsala Konsert & Kongress is a proud collaborating partner with Kronos Quartet and the exciting project Fifty for the Future project.
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Founded in 1919, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) is one of Canada’s most active and successful performing arts institutions. With an annual audience of over 260,000 people, the VSO features more than 50 celebrated guest artists each season in over 150 concerts. In 2008, the VSO won a GRAMMY® and a Juno® award for its recording of the Walton, Korngold, and Barber violin concertos, performed with violinist James Ehnes and conducted by Bramwell Tovey. Maestro Tovey’s extraordinary artistic leadership and remarkable relatability, combined with passionate advocacy for music education, makes him an ideal Music Director for an orchestra in the 21st Century. The VSO also maintains extensive education and community programs experienced by over 50,000 children each year. In September 2011, it opened a 25,000-square-foot community music school, the VSO School of Music, in downtown Vancouver.
  • Wyatt Artist in Residence Series, Mount Royal University Conservatory

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    The Mount Royal University Conservatory has played a pivotal role in Calgary’s performing arts scene since 1911. With its mission to nurture the artistic potential in everyone, and identify and train the great artists of tomorrow, the MRU Conservatory has artistically empowered people of all ages and abilities with its diverse programming. With more than 4,000 students every year, MRU Conservatory is the largest institution of its kind in Canada. Through the Wyatt Artist in Residence and Concert Series, the Academy for Gifted Youth program students have the unique opportunity to work closely with some of the world’s most acclaimed musicians and teachers. MRU Conservatory is thrilled to be a commissioning partner with Kronos in its monumental Fifty for the Future project!