The Organization

Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association is a not-for-profit organization based in San Francisco.

Kronos exists to create, perform, and promote music from a global perspective that responds to the world we share and expands the understanding of music’s role as a powerful force in society.

The cornerstone of Kronos’ mission is the unique, live performance voice of the string quartet — the coming together in conversation of distinct but integrated voices. It is from this artistic foundation that Kronos explores, extends, and enhances the musical experience for artists, audiences, and global communities. Kronos achieves its mission as a not-for-profit organization through a wide variety of programmatic initiatives including commissioning, performing, presenting, recording, publishing, archiving, teaching, mentoring, and encouraging the next generations of artists and audiences.

Kronos Quartet's Sunny Yang coaches students at the Kaufman Music Center's Face the Music

Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) manages all aspects of Kronos’ work, including commissioning, concert tours and local performances, education programs, and the self-produced Kronos Festival in San Francisco. Based in San Francisco, KPAA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with a staff of 11. Kronos is funded by the generous support of individuals, foundations, government agencies, and others, including the National Endowment for the Arts, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Telluray Foundation, and many others.

In 2015, Kronos launched 50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, an education and legacy project that is commissioning—and distributing online for free—50 new works for string quartet designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals and composed by 25 women and 25 men from around the world. Scores and parts, recordings, and other materials are available here. Lead partner Carnegie Hall and an adventurous group that includes presenters, academic institutions, foundations, and individuals have joined forces with KPAA to support this program.

Kronos' David Harrington coaching at Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute in 2016, credit Stefan Cohen
Kronos Quartet performing with students from Berkeley and Oakland, credit Lenny Gonzalez


Janet Cowperthwaite
Executive Director, Kronos Performing Arts Association
Manager, Kronos Quartet

Mason Dille, Development Manager
Dana Dizon, Business Manager
Sarah Donahue, Operations Manager
Scott Fraser, Senior Sound Designer*
Reshena Liao, Creative Projects Manager

Nikolás Ixyar McConnie-Saad, Artistic Administrator
Brian Mohr, Sound Designer and Technical Manager *
Kären Nagy, Strategic Initiatives Director
Kathy Paxson, Accountant
Alexandra Quinn, Grant Writer *
Brian Scott, Lighting Designer *

* –Associates

Board of Directors

Andrea A. Lunsford, PhD, Chair
Sumiko Ito Allison
Wallace Chappell
Janet Cowperthwaite
Hank Dutt
Andrew Fogg
Kenneth Foster
Jeanne Giordano
Robert E. Gordon

David Harrington
Edward King
Derek Lance
Caroline Lee
Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA
Drew McCalley
Greg G. Minshall
Elisabeth Morten
Evan Neff

Christine O’Connor
Vasudevan Panicker
John Sherba
Curtis Smith, Immediate Past Chair
Priscilla Stoyanof
Alice Wingwall
Kirsten Wolff
Sunny Yang


The Kronos Hall of Fame recognizes and honors the extraordinary and distinguished contributions, service, and support given by its members to Kronos Quartet and the Kronos Performing Arts Association.

Ken Benshoof
Judith Bizot (deceased)
Peggy Dorfman
Lucy Durán
Scott Fraser
Bob Gordon
Orrin Keepnews (deceased)
Donlyn Lyndon
Jim Melchert

Larry Neff (deceased)
Anna Ranieri
Lory Ratner
Terry Riley
Judith Sherman
Alice Wingwall
Wu Man
Carol Yaple



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