For 50 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Paul Wiancko (cello)—has challenged and reimagined what a string quartet can be. Founded at a time when the form was primarily centered on long-established, Western European traditions, Kronos has been at the forefront of revolutionizing the string quartet into a living art form that responds to the people and issues of our time.

One of the most celebrated and influential groups of our era, Kronos has given thousands of concerts worldwide, released more than 70 recordings, and collaborated with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers across many genres. Kronos has received over 40 awards, including three Grammys and the Polar Music, Avery Fisher, and Edison Klassiek Oeuvre Prizes.
Through its nonprofit organization, Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA), Kronos has commissioned over 1,000 works and arrangements for a quartet. KPAA also manages Kronos’ concert tours, local performances, recordings, and education programs, producing an annual Kronos Festival in San Francisco. In its most ambitious commissioning effort, KPAA has recently completed Kronos Fifty for the Future. Through this initiative, Kronos has commissioned—and distributed online for free—50 new works for string quartets designed for students and professionals, written by composers from around the world. For more information, visit