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July 25, 2016

Kronos’ Fifty for the Future Recordings Now In Session!

We’re at Studio Trilogy in our hometown of San Francisco all week to record new works written for Kronos’ ‪Fifty For The Future‬ education initiative by composers Ken Benshoof, Nicole Lizée, Kala Ramnath, Tanya Tagaq, and Merlijn Twaalfhoven. These recordings will be available to stream for free on Soundcloud and here on our website in October.

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July 18, 2016

Raven Chacon Featured in SITE Santa Fe

Raven Chacon, a Year Two composer for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, is one of the participating artists in SITE Santa Fe‘s 2016 biennial, “much wider than a line,” which opens its doors to the public today. Chacon’s work, the “Native American Composers Apprentice Project,” is a 12-year project that has involved visiting various schools in the Navajo, Hopi, and Salt River Pima reservations, and working with students to compose short string quartet pieces. Every year, the New York–based ETHEL string quartet travels to the Grand Canyon to perform the student compositions, of which there are now over 300. This year, SITE Santa Fe is featuring scores and recordings of six of these student compositions from the past decade. We truly admire Chacon’s commitment to educating and inspiring these young students, and we hope they continue to write amazing music for string quartet!

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June 30, 2016

Holland Festival premieres new works by Fifty for the Future Year One composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven

On June 23, Kronos Quartet premiered Merlijn Twaalfhoven’s Play, a new work for string quartet commissioned as part of Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. Scores and parts, a recording, and learning materials for Twaalfhoven’s Play are scheduled to be released, free of charge, on Kronos’ Fifty for the Future web page this coming October.

Two days later on June 25, over 100 bassoonists—both young and old, beginners and virtuosos—came together at the Holland Festival to play the world premiere of Twaalfhoven’s Grand Subphonia for the biggest band of bassoons. This tremendous performance marked the grand finale of the Save the Bassoon campaign, a movement developed to save the bassoon from decline and stimulate children to pick up a classical instrument. Twaalfhoven wrote the piece as an ode to the bassoon’s underrated range of sound, and included parts that would accommodate bassoon players of every level. Watch more about the making of this piece here, and read more about it here.

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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 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, 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”


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