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Kronos Quartet

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A prolific interpreter of new music for the string quartet — and winners of both the 2011 Avery Fisher Prize and the 2011 Polar Music Prize — the Kronos Quartet has commissioned more than 750 compositions and arrangements during its career of over 30 years. The quartet—comprised of violinists David Harrington and John Sherba, violist Hank Dutt, and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler—have consistently collaborated with some of contemporary classical music’s most vital composers, including Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Osvaldo Golijov. Among its various projects, Kronos counts the Kronos: Under 30 Project, which commissions composers under the age of 30 to write new works, and Steve Reich’s commemorative string quartet WTC 9/11. (DK)

Kronos Quartet Information

  • Venues: When in San Francisco, they often play at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission Street)
  • Public Transportation: Varies by venue
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue
  • Performances/Programs: Kronos spends five months of each year on tour throughout the US and abroad. All other concerts take place in San Francisco. Schedule varies widely
  • Ticket Prices: Varies widely, depending on venue
  • Membership: Friends ($50–$149); Affiliates ($150–$449); Sponsors ($500–$999); Patrons ($1,000–$2,499); Artists Circle ($2,500–$4,999); Composers Circle ($5,000–$9,999); Producers Circle ($10,000–$24,999); Visionaries ($25,000–$49,999); Founders ($50,000+). Depending on level, member benefits include exclusive downloads of unreleased Kronos recordings; an autographed CD of Kronos’ latest recording; invitations to a party with Kronos; invitations to a private Kronos concert; invitations to a private dinner with Kronos, a composer, and the Kronos Board; a private Kronos performance in your home; and more.