Kronos Quartet

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The Kronos Quartet in Warsaw 2006

The Kronos Quartet is an American string quartet founded by David Harrington in Seattle in 1973 . It has been based in San Francisco since 1978 .

Current occupation

Former members

  • Jim Shallenberger, violin (founding member, 1973-75)
  • Tim Killian, Viola (founding member, 1973–76)
  • Walter Gray, violoncello (founding member, 1973-78)
  • Roy Lewis, violin (1975–76)
  • Joan Jeanrenaud, violoncello (1978-98)
  • Jennifer Culp , cello (1999-2005)
  • Jeffrey Zeigler, cello (2005-2013)


The Kronos Quartet mainly performs contemporary music. The musicians worked with many composers, including a. Steve Reich , Philip Glass , Kaija Saariaho , Terry Riley , Henryk Mikołaj Górecki , Roberto Carnevale , and play pieces from different genres, such as early music , film music , jazz and surf rock . Kronos also recorded an adaptation of Jimi Hendrix 's Purple Haze and assisted the Dave Matthews Band on two songs.

The Kronos Quartet became known to a wider audience through the 1985 album Kronos Quartet Plays Music of Thelonious Monk . It was produced by Monk's former producer Orrin Keepnews and released on his Landmark label.

At the time of its 25th birthday in 1999, the quartet had a repertoire of over 600 works, including 400 pieces specially written for the ensemble, more than 3000 performances, seven first ASCAP awards, Edison awards for both classical and popular music, and it had sold over 1.5 million records.

Under 30 Project

In the 30th year of its existence, in 2003, Kronos began a commissioning process for composers under 30 in the hope of introducing talented young composers to a wider audience. The program is now running in partnership with Carnegie Hall , Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley , and the Montalvo Arts Center .


  • ECHO Klassik , category: Classics without borders , 2015
  • Polar Music Prize , together with Patti Smith , 2011
  • Chamber Music America - Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, 2007 USA
  • California Arts Council 2006 Certificate of Achievement, USA
  • Grammy Award - Best Chamber Music Recording; Kronos Quartet with Dawn Upshaw, Alban Bergs Lyrische Suite (USA) 2003 USA,
  • Musical America Musician of the Year, 2003 USA
  • Association of Performing Arts Presenters 2003 Award of Merit (Merit Prize)
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian 28th Annual Best of the Bay Best Local Classical Ensemble 2002
  • National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences San Francisco Governor's Award 2002
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian 27th Annual Best of the Bay Best Local Classical Ensemble 2001
  • Edison Prize for Chamber Music for Caravan (Netherlands) 2001
  • German Record Critics' Prize for Alfred Schnittke: The String Quartets (Germany) 1999
  • Rolf Schock Prize, Royal Swedish Academy 1999 (Sweden)
  • Bessie Award for River, composer Somei Satoh and performed with Eiko and Koma, 1998 USA
  • San Francisco Chronicle Readers' Award for Best Classical Performers, Second Place 1998 & 1999, USA
  • Best New Music Ensemble Global Classical Music Poll (60 countries) 1997, USA
  • Best concert performance in Mexico 1997 - ViceVersa , 1997, Mexico
  • Certificate of Excellence 1997 - The American Association of Graphic Arts for Howl, CD cover 1997, USA
  • Diapason d'or de Mai 1997 for Osvaldo Golijovs The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind 1997 France
  • Australian Broadcasting Company Classic FM - Best International Recording of the Year for Howl, 1996 Australia
  • National Public Radio New Horizon Award for her significant contribution to classical music in America with recordings 1985–1995; 1996 USA
  • ASCAP / Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming First Place Prize: 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1989, 1987, and 1985, USA
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Arts Excellence Award, 1995, USA
  • Chamber Group of the Year, Kenwood Classical Music Awards, 1994, UK
  • Edison Prize for Popular Music Pieces of Africa, 1993, The Netherlands
  • Bay Area Music (BAMMIE) Award Nomination - Best Jazz Album for Black Angels, 1991, USA
  • Edison Prize for Classical Music Black Angels, 1991, The Netherlands
  • Australian Broadcasting Company Klassik FM - Best International Recording of the Year: Black Angels, 1991, Australia
  • International Record Prize Frankfurt for Black Angels, 1991 Germany
  • Prix ​​Caecilia for Black Angels, 1991, Belgium
  • Allmusic Award, Ensemble of the Year, 1989, UK
  • New Music America Best New Music Award for Steve Reich's Different Trains, 1989, USA
  • Western Alliance of Arts Administrators Distinguished Service Award, 1989, USA
  • Sony Commemorative Walkman Award, 1989, USA
  • American Music Center Letters of Appreciation, 1987, USA
  • San Francisco Focus Award for Contemporary Music, 1984, USA


Music DVD

  • 1998: In Accord
  • 2002: Kronos On Stage


Individual evidence

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