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November 16, 2011

Nonesuch Releases Kronos Quartet’s Music of Vladimir Martynov on January 10

We’re pleased to announce that Nonesuch Records releases Kronos Quartet’s Music of Vladimir Martynov on January 10, 2012. The album includes three works written or rescored for Kronos by the contemporary Russian composer Vladimir Martynov: The Beatitudes (1998, rescored for Kronos, 2006), Schubert–Quintet (Unfinished) (2009), and Der Abschied (2006). Kronos’ artistic director and founder David Harrington says Martynov’s music “straddles various points of musical history and time; the music seems to me to reflect and absorb humanity in such a beautiful way.” Music of Vladimir Martynov is available for pre-order now on Kronos’ website, including an option to purchase a copy signed by Kronos and former Kronos cellist of 20 years Joan Jeanrenaud, who joins the quartet for Schubert–Quintet (Unfinished). Unsigned copies are also available for preorder at Nonesuch Records.

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November 03, 2011

Premiere: Douglas Quin’s “Polar Suite” with K-Bow

On November 9, Kronos premieres Douglas Quin’s Polar Suite, the first string quartet composed for and performed with K-Bow, a Bluetooth Sensor Bow designed by Berkeley based Keith McMillen Instruments. The work premieres at Setnor Auditorium at Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts on November 9, 2011 at 8 pm, as part of Kronos’ weeklong residency.

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September 20, 2011

Steve Reich - WTC 9/11 Out Now

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich’s album WTC 9/11 is out now on Nonesuch Records. The title work was commissioned for and recorded by the Kronos Quartet. The album also includes Reich’s Mallet Quartet, performed by Sō Percussion, and Dance Patterns, featuring members of Steve Reich and Musicians. The album is available digitally on our website, including the bonus track Tusen Tankar (listen here). CDs - which include a DVD with a live performance of Reich’s Mallet Quartet by Sō Percussion - are available from Nonesuch and Amazon.

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September 08, 2011

Polar Music Prize 2011 Speech

Kronos Quartet received the Polar Music Prize in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall last week. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden handed out the awards to Kronos and their fellow laureate, Patti Smith. Read the full text of David Harrington’s acceptance speech at Nonesuch’s website.

September 06, 2011

Polar Music Prize 2011 Ceremony

On August 30, Kronos Quartet received the Polar Music Prize, an international music prize which is awarded to individuals, groups or institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements. The 2011 Polar Prize ceremony took place at the Stockholm Concert Hall, where King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden presented the awards to Kronos and Patti Smith, this year’s co-laureate. Previous laureates include Bjork, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and Ravi Shankar, as well as Kronos collaborators Steve Reich, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Watch the full ceremony after the jump.

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Concert Schedule

Jun26Barcelona, SpainTeatre Grec
Jun27Barcelona, SpainTeatre Grec
Jul6Sines, PortugalCastelo de Sines
Jul8Espinho, PortugalAuditório de Espinho | Academia de Música de Espinho
Jul9Alcobaça, PortugalMosteiro de Alcobaça – Cerca
Jul11London, UKBarbican Hall, Barbican Centre

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


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