The Kronos Quartet is known around the world for reimagining the string quartet through performance of contemporary music, commissioning of new works, and exploration of new instruments and sounds. Kronos manages its extensive yearly programming, which includes twenty-two weeks of national and international live concert tours, performing for more than 150,000 audience members. The organization’s programming is extended through audio recordings, podcasts, and twenty-four multi-day residencies and workshops. During the grant period, Kronos intends to begin archiving its voluminous inventory of music. Kronos also plans to launch the Fifty for the Future initiative, commissioning ten new works each year—half from women composers—for five years, designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals, establishing a permanent legacy beyond the life of the quartet.
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The world-renowned Kronos Quartet commissions, performs, and records contemporary music for the string quartet, introducing audiences to sounds they’ve never heard before through live concerts, audio recordings, podcasts, and collaborations with choreographers and filmmakers. Kronos annually reaches more than 86,000 people throughout the world with its mix of performances, educational programs, and workshops. With renewed support, Kronos plans to continue presenting new work, mentoring young composers and musicians, touring internationally and performing locally, and investing resources to digitize and archive the group’s prodigious catalog online. In addition, Kronos will celebrate its fortieth anniversary in 2013, one of the few quartets in the United States with this longevity and artistic success.