Read Vivien Schweitzer's feature on Kronos Quartet's 40th anniversary and find out why they're so committed to mentoring the younger generation of performers. Face the Music string quartets will perform with Kronos at Carnegie Hall on March 28!
Here's a taste:
“'That sounded massively unmassive,' the violinist David Harrington said during a recent rehearsal of Nico Muhly’s 'Diacritical Marks' with the Pannonia Quartet, gesturing energetically to encourage a ponytailed teenager in pink sneakers to create a more dramatic sound on her violin.
"The Pannonia string ensemble is a member of the Face the Music program, in which young players are coached in scores written by living composers. Mr. Harrington’s unbridled enthusiasm for mentoring the younger generation also continues to propel the Kronos Quartet — the groundbreaking ensemble he founded in 1973 — into its fifth decade...
“'We are in a golden age,' Mr. Harrington said. “It’s easy to lose track of that with all the violence and wars and environmental devastation. I want our work to be mindful of the big pressing issues but also to celebrate the humanity and creativity that exist right now.'
“'You heard some of it yesterday with those young people,' he added, referring to the rehearsal with the Pannonia Quartet at the Martin Luther King Jr. building near Lincoln Center.
"Javen Lara, a sophomore at the Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan and the violist of the Pannonia Quartet, described studying with Mr. Harrington as different from most master classes. 'He will give different ways of helping you in your practice and fixing technique, and they may be pretty bizarre ways, like relaxing your whole body,' she said. 'He’d say, "Loosen up your arms," and that would fix the problem.'"