Music For Change: The Banned Countries
Since its founding in 1973, the Kronos Quartet has become the foremost ambassador of contemporary chamber music, breaking down barriers between musical genres and between musicians and audiences. The quartet had commissioned more than 700 works and arrangements, and has partnered with many celebrated composers including Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Henryk Górecki, Osvaldo Golijov, and Franghiz Ali-Zadeh. Kronos’ recordings reflect its broad interests in jazz, world music, young composers, and film. The quartet has been awarded two Grammys and many of Kronos’ recordings have spent weeks at the top of Billboard’s Classical Chart.
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For more than 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 50 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning more than 800 works and arrangements for string quartet.
A Grammy winner, Kronos is also the only recipient of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize. With a staff of ten, the non-profit Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) manages all aspects of Kronos’ work, including the commissioning of new works, concert tours and home-season performances, and education programs.
"Kronos proved that the string quartet, long the most self-consciously “classical” of classical ensembles, could become a kind of all-terrain vehicle in contemporary culture." - The New Yorker
“…Kronos has defiantly rewritten the rules.” - Chamber Music America