June 30, 2016

Holland Festival premieres new works by Fifty for the Future Year One composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven

On June 23, Kronos Quartet premiered Merlijn Twaalfhoven’s Play, a new work for string quartet commissioned as part of Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. Scores and parts, a recording, and learning materials for Twaalfhoven’s Play are scheduled to be released, free of charge, on Kronos’ Fifty for the Future web page this coming October.

Two days later on June 25, over 100 bassoonists—both young and old, beginners and virtuosos—came together at the Holland Festival to play the world premiere of Twaalfhoven’s Grand Subphonia for the biggest band of bassoons. This tremendous performance marked the grand finale of the Save the Bassoon campaign, a movement developed to save the bassoon from decline and stimulate children to pick up a classical instrument. Twaalfhoven wrote the piece as an ode to the bassoon’s underrated range of sound, and included parts that would accommodate bassoon players of every level. Watch more about the making of this piece here, and read more about it here.

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June 15, 2016

Summer residency at the birthplace of the string quartet

The Esterhazy Foundation has invited Kronos Quartet to develop a summer residency for string quartets from August 22 to 24, 2016, at the Schloss Esterházy – the birthplace of the string quartet – in Eisenstadt, Austria. Quartets are invited to apply to participate in this unique learning experience at the castle where Joseph Haydn lived and worked for over 30 years by the deadline JUNE 28.

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