Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet


A Thousand Thoughts


We are currently seeking co-commissioners for a new live-cinema performance piece featuring live narration, live music and an exploration of Kronos’ past, present and future -  a collaboration of filmmaker Sam Green & Kronos Quartet, for premiere late in 2017.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green and Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet have teamed up to create A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet. Drawing from Kronos’ past, present, and future, this wildly creative multimedia experiment blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews with Kronos collaborators Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man, Terry Riley, and many others. As Green tells the multi-decade and continent-spanning story of the groundbreaking string quartet, he crafts an important record and exploration of late 20th– and early 21st–century music. Transcending the typical live cinema event, A Thousand Thoughts quickly becomes a meditation on music itself—the act of listening to it closely, the experience of feeling it deeply, and the power that it has to change the world.

A Thousand Thoughts will premiere in early 2018, and the piece will tour in the 2018/19 Season as a part of Kronos’ 45th anniversary. The portability and scalability of the production will enable A Thousand Thoughts to be presented at a wide range of performance, music, film, and multi-genre venues.




Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is an education and legacy project that is commissioning—and distributing for free—the first learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartet.

With Carnegie Hall as Lead Partner, Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is commissioning 50 composers—25 women and 25 men—from around the world to develop new works devoted to contemporary approaches to the string quartet. Designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals, all project materials are available online for free.
These include:
• Complete scores and parts
• Audio recordings of Kronos performing the composition
• Instructional videos and/or diagrams illustrating
contemporary string quartet techniques
• Performance notes written by the composers
• Video interviews with the composers

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT - In addition to distributing educational materials online, Kronos is traveling the world conducting residencies and workshops to teach students of all ages how to play Fifty for the Future pieces. They’ve worked with young quartets in places ranging from Stockholm to Washington, D.C.


BEYOND ZERO: 1914-1918

A work for quartet with film

Aleksandra Vrebalov, composer

Bill Morrison, filmmaker

2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I - Kronos’ multimedia collaboration with composer Aleksandra Vrebalov and filmmaker Bill Morrison.

Available to presenters for the 2018/19 season.

This moving concert features film drawn from archival material set to a new score for string quartet by Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov, and historic music from the era of World War I, dubbed the “War to End All Wars.” How did artists bear witness and respond to the human tragedy of the war in Europe a century ago—and what can artists and audiences do in response to wars being fought around the globe today? For more than 30 years, the Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. One of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, Kronos has performed thousands of concerts worldwide, released more than 45 recordings, collaborated with many of the world’s most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioned more than 650 works and arrangements for string quartet.