Kronos Performing Arts Association Kronos Performing Arts Association

Kronos Performing Arts Association

The nonprofit branch of San Francisco's acclaimed Kronos Quartet manages the neo-classical music ensemble's operations.

Orchestrating Masterful Musicianship

Kronos Performing Arts Association

In 1973, musicians David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt, and Sunny Yang joined forces to create the Kronos Quartet, an avant garde enterprise that aimed not to adhere to Western European tradition but to revolutionize and expand what a string quartet could do. Since then, Kronos has become one of the most well-renowned string quartets of our time. The Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) oversees all aspects of Kronos' work, including commissioning, recording, touring and local concerts, educational programming, fundraising, and the annual Kronos Festival.

Kronos has performed thousands of concerts, released more than 70 diverse recordings, and collaborated with music luminaries including Paul McCartney, Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man, Indian table virtuoso Zakir Hussain, and Azeri master vocalist Alim Qasimov. The Grammy-winning quartet — which has graced recordings from such artists as Nine Inch Nails, Dave Matthews Band, Joan Armatrading and Angélique Kidjo — also offers masterclasses, classroom visits, benefit performances, and coaching sessions.

GRoW Support

2019

General Operating Support

2004

General Operating Support