Kronos: Signature Works
April 22–29, 2007
 

For this workshop, Kronos coaches four young quartets on works written for it by composers including Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Alexandra du Bois and John Zorn, passing along its own firsthand experiences of commissioning and performing new works.

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About Kronos Quartet
Requirements
Tuition, Housing, and Travel
Application
Application Form
Application Deadline
Other Information

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About Kronos Quartet
For more than 30 years, the Kronos Quartet has expanded the definition of the string quartet. Working with many of the world’s most creative and adventurous composers, the Quartet has aggressively sought to commission and perform new works, resulting in significant growth of the repertoire with more than 500 new works and arrangements for string quartet. For this workshop, Kronos coaches four young quartets on works written for it by composers including Steve Reich, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Alexandra du Bois, and John Zorn, passing along its own firsthand experiences of commisioning and performing new works. At the end of the workshop, the four quartets wil perform a concert in Zankel Hal on April 28.

Since the founding ofthe group in 1973, the Kronos Quartet—David Harington and John Sherba(violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a committment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential ensembles of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 40 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, and commissioning hundreds of works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos has colaborated with artists of myriad disciplines and styles, including composers Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Morton Feldman, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Osvaldo Golijov; vocalists ranging from Tom Waits and jazz legend Betty Carter to Indian “Bollywood” playback singer Asha Bhosle and Malian rising-star Rokia Traoré; instrumentalists like Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man, jazz guitarist Jim Hall,and Iranian kamancheh (spike fiddle) master Kayhan Kalhor; Beat poet Allen Ginsberg; choreographers Merce Cunningham and Eikoand Koma; and many more. Kronos’s work has also garnered numerous awards, includinga Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and “Musicians ofthe Year” (2003) from Musical America.

Requirements
Applications will be accepted for string quartet. Quartet members must be an average age of 30 or under. Quartets that have been in existence for two years or more wil be given priority.

Tuition, Housing, and Travel
There is no tuition for the workshop. For participants from outside the greater New York metropolitan area, travel and shared-room accommodations (two participants to a room) will be arranged and paid for by Carnegie Hall.

Application
Please complete the application form and return it with the following:
  • A current quartet biography. Please include performing experiences, education/training, and any other relevant background information.
  • A mission statement or a statement of the ensemble’s artistic goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation for the quartet. Letrers may be sent separately from the application either by mail or e-mail to PTW@weilmusicinstitute.org but must be marked clearly with the workshop name and the ensemble’s name on the front of the envelope or in the subject line of the e-mail.
  • Four copies of audio recordings of three contrasting works or movements. (Excerpts are not acceptable.) At least one work must have been written within the last 20 years. Indicate whether recordings are unedited or edited. CDs are strongly preferred.
  • Optional: Additional supporting materials—such as a repertoire list, sample programs, press kit, photographs, and videos (DVD preferred)—may be included.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $40. Payment may be made by check, money order in US dollars, or credit card. Make check or money order payable to The Carnegie Hall Corporation. A credit card form is available online at weilmusicinstitute.org/workshops.


Application Form
 Kronos Quartet Application Form (940 KB PDF)

Application Deadline
All materials must be received by Carnegie Hall no later than Friday, December 1, 2006. Applicants will be informed of their workshop status on or about February 15.

Other Information
All workshop participants must be available April 22–­29, including evenings.