40 Years of the Kronos Quartet in Pictures

April 25, 2014

We premiered Terry Riley’s Sun Rings in 2002, a kind of synthesis of the quartet, choral music, visual art and astrophysics. Photo: Jay Blakesberg
We had a residency at Mills College in California, a centre for new and experimental music, from 1978 to 1981. Photo: Kronos Quartet
Playing on Sesame Street in 1987 was great fun. For us the hardest thing was working from a script and getting the timing right. Photo: Anita and Steve Shevett
In 1998 we performed George Crumb’s Black Angels — standing up because it takes so long to change instruments otherwise. Photo: Beatriz Schiller
Harrington: Hearing Black Angels for the first time in 1973 prompted me to put together a string quartet in the first place. Photo: Catherine Ashmore
Harrington: Visual Music, from 2003, originated from a dream I had about a concert where every piece was played in a different setting. Photo: Jay Blakesberg
We put together Awakening in 2006 for the five-year commemoration of 9/11. Photo: Zoran Orlic
Tan Dun wrote Ghost Opera for us and Chinese pipa and ruan player Wu Man in 1994. Photo: Luis Delgado
A Chinese Home, from 2009, was the first time we worked with the director Chen Shi-Zheng. Photo: Jay Blakesberg
The most memorable performance of Philip Glass’s score for the 1931 version of Dracula was in Brooklyn in 2005. Photo: Didier Dorval

It is the original American breakaway quartet, perhaps the most famous new-music group in the world, and currently celebrating four decades of boldly redefining the possibilities of the string quartet experience and repertoire. As the Kronos Quartet continues with its 40th anniversary season, its current members – founder David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin) and Hank Dutt (viola) who joined in 1978, and newcomer Sunny Yang (cello) – present some career highlights in pictures.

This gallery is taken from The Strad’s May 2014 issue, out now. To read the full article, subscribe to The Strad or download our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial. To purchase single issues click here.

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