For more than 40 years, San Francisco's Kronos Quartet – David Harrington and John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola) and Sunny Yang (cello) – has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience.
As one of the world’s most celebrated, influential ensembles, Kronos has performed thousands of concerts, released more than 60 recordings, and collaborated with many of the globe’s most intriguing, accomplished composers and performers. Kronos has commissioned more than 900 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.
Integral to Kronos’s work is a series of long-running collaborations with many of the world’s foremost composers, including Americans Terry Riley, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich; Azerbaijan’s Franghiz Ali-Zadeh; Poland’s Henryk Górecki; and Serbia’s Aleksandra Vrebalov. Additional collaborators have included Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man, performance artist Laurie Anderson, Azeri vocalist Alim Qasimov, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Beatles legend Paul McCartney, rockers Tom Waits, k.d. lang and The National.
Perhaps its most ambitious and generous commissioning platform is the eclectic “Fifty For The Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire” – ten works a year, five by women and five by men, for five years – devoted to the truly globe-spanning state of the art of the string quartet in the 21st century, designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals.
On tour for five months a year, Kronos appears in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, clubs, and festivals. Kronos is equally prolific and wide-ranging on recordings, including “Nuevo” (2002), a Grammy- and Latin Grammy-nominated celebration of Mexican culture; and the 2004 Grammy-winner, Alban Berg’s “Lyric Suite”. Among Kronos’ most recent releases are "Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry Riley" (2015), a box-set collection exploring the work of Kronos's long-time friend and most fruitful collaborator; “Kronos Explorer Series” (2014), a five-CD retrospective box-set celebrating the group's 40th anniversary; and the single-disc “A Thousand Thoughts” (2014), showcasing Kronos's interpretations of music from different cultures around the world.
For one night only, catch the special edition of Kronos’ favourites for its Singapore fans in an exclusive showcase by the virtuoso ensemble. Discard your expectations of the typical string quartet; Kronos is a revolutionary and furiously dynamic ensemble that is not to be missed.