Kronos Quartet

Aug 5, 2019

About Kronos Quartet

The Kronos Quartet, an integral part of La Historia Society's Community and Society category, is an internationally renowned chamber music ensemble. With a rich history spanning over four decades, the quartet has redefined the concept of contemporary string quartet music. Their bold innovations, diverse collaborations, and commitment to artistic excellence have solidified their position as one of the most influential and beloved chamber ensembles in the world.

History and Milestones

Formed in 1973 by violinist David Harrington, the Kronos Quartet has consistently pushed the boundaries of traditional chamber music, embracing a wide range of styles, genres, and cultural influences. Over the years, they have commissioned and premiered countless works by renowned composers, fostering new, innovative music that defies conventions.

Kronos Quartet's discography boasts an impressive collection of over 60 albums, featuring collaborations with celebrated artists from around the globe. Their dedication to artistic exploration and cultural exchange has allowed them to build a discography that spans a breadth of musical genres, including classical, experimental, world, and contemporary music.

Collaborations and Cross-Cultural Exchange

One of the defining aspects of Kronos Quartet's legacy is their extensive collaborative work with musicians from a multitude of backgrounds. They have collaborated with artists such as Tan Dun, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich to name just a few. These collaborations have resulted in groundbreaking performances and innovative compositions, blending various cultural influences and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in chamber music.

Furthermore, the quartet actively explores music from different regions of the world, often collaborating with artists from those regions to create unique and culturally relevant musical experiences. Their commitment to cross-cultural exchange has given rise to groundbreaking projects, including "Pieces of Africa" and "Floodplain", showcasing the richness and diversity of global musical traditions.

Impact and Influence

The impact of the Kronos Quartet on the world of chamber music cannot be overstated. Their passion for experimentation, social consciousness, and dedication to educational outreach initiatives set them apart as true pioneers in the field. The quartet has consistently championed the works of contemporary composers, nurturing emerging talents, and giving voice to marginalized communities through music.

Their commitment to education and community engagement has led to numerous residencies, workshops, and mentorship programs worldwide. By inspiring young musicians and fostering a love for music, the Kronos Quartet ensures the future of chamber music remains alive and vibrant.

Upcoming Performances

Stay tuned for an unforgettable experience as the Kronos Quartet prepares to captivate audiences in their upcoming performances. visit La Historia Society's website for the latest updates on venues, dates, and ticket information. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the sheer brilliance and artistry of this extraordinary ensemble.


The Kronos Quartet has forged an indelible path in the world of chamber music through their unmatched talent, fearless experimentation, and dedication to artistic collaboration. They continue to inspire and reshape the boundaries of chamber music, captivating audiences worldwide with their extraordinary performances. La Historia Society proudly presents the Kronos Quartet, a musical force that exemplifies the power of artistic expression and the beauty of unity through music.

Jane Chamberlain
Impressive musicians!
Nov 8, 2023