Having sold over 1.5 million records and with more than 3,000 performances, Kronos Quartet is one of the world’s most renowned string quartets. Kronos are the only recipients of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians. The group’s other awards include a GRAMMY for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and as “Musicians of the Year” (2003) from Musical America.
The ensemble’s origin dates back to 1973 in Seattle, Washington, although it is now based in San Francisco, California. Having worked with jazz legends Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman, Kronos performs work that is adventurous as it is inspiring. Their dedication and commitment to new music is matched by their in-depth collaborations with many of the world’s foremost composers.
“The quartet’s concert at the illustrious Musical Instrument Museum was sold out, and their performance was heavy with soul but pristine in precision. The members of Kronos Quartet—violinists David Harrington and John Sherba, viola player Hank Dutt, and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler—may have been rooted to their seats and sheet music, but the sounds from their instruments swirled around them and permeated the auditorium at MIM. The acoustics in that place are absolutely incredible.”—Phoenix New Times
Hailed by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross as an “all-terrain vehicle in contemporary culture,” the GRAMMY-winning quartet has consistently and adventurously expanded the boundaries of string quartet repertoire, from early music to contemporary compositions, from world folk music to daring interpretations of rock classics. The Kronos Quartet’s performance at MIM’s intimate, acoustically superb Music Theater is sure to be one of the high points of this year’s concert season in Phoenix and an event not to be missed.
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