Fifty for the Future is the ambitious project initialized by Kronos Quartet to give young musicians free access to contemporary string quartets.
The new the site provides a gateway to discover, explore and learn contemporary string quartets composed by 25 women and 25 men from around the world.
The free digital learning library currently contains 30 scores and parts, recordings, program notes and supplemental learning materials.
50 new pieces
When completed, this collection will feature 50 new pieces. Launched in 2015, the initial scores have been downloaded more than 14,000 times in 88 countries and territories worldwide.
Here you also will find the contribution from Karin Rehnqvist to this project – The Riddle/Gåtan, composed in 2017 and first premiered by Kronos Quartet in Uppsala Concert & Congress, May 2017.
In addition to Karin Rehnqvist’s piece you can explore works by composers Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Laurie Anderson, Ken Benshoof, Raven Chacon, Islam Chipsy, Aftab Darvishi, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Mario Galeano Toro, Guillermo, Galindo, Rhiannon Giddens, Philip Glass, Yotam Haber, Zakir Hussain, Joan Jeanrenaud, Jlin, Garth Knox, Aleksander Kościów, Nicole Lizée, Lu Yun, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Onutė Narbutaitė, Kala Ramnath, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Trey Spruance, Tanya Tagaq, Stephan Thelen, Merlijn Twaalfhoven, Aleksandra Vrebalov and Wu Man.
Members of the San Francisco based Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola) and Sunny Yang (cello).
Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts, releasing more than 60 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers and commissioning over 1,000 works and arrangements for string quartet.
Kronos has received over 40 awards, including the prestigious Polar Music Prize, Avery Fisher Prize and the WOMEX (World Music Expo) Artist Award.