Formed in 2015, KINETIC is quickly making strides in their American home base of Houston, Texas, attracting new audiences to the highest caliber of live music making through their collaborative approach. A new conductorless string ensemble, KINETIC aspires to enrich the musical vibrancy of Houston’s cultural landscape by providing live performances, distinct programming, and interactive learning experiences. With a strong emphasis on chamber music-making, KINETIC’s unique flexibility to size down to various smaller formations, as well as fill out to as many as sixteen players, allows them to explore the unique sound worlds of strings: from the intimacy of the quartet to the full force of an orchestra.
The emerging ensemble already boasts an impressive and versatile repertoire, including chamber and larger orchestra works by Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, Ernest Bloch, Grażyna Bacewicz, Leoš Janáček and Eugène Ysaÿe, as well as world premieres by rising American composers Daniel Knaggs and Thomas Dougherty. Their thoughtfully curated programs give platform to under-represented works in the classical repertoire, and through commissions, they expand the breadth of the string ensemble genre for the benefit of our and future generations.
Equally at home on the concert stage and in less traditional performance spaces, KINETIC's eagerness to bring classical music to a wide array of communities has led to a partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM) as well as with local public schools in presenting musical outreach events. KINETIC is the recipient of the Sviatoslav Richter Fund for Music Outreach, awarded by Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. The ensemble has been featured on Houston Public Media’s KUHF and Classical 91.7, Houston Chronicle and Arts & Culture Texas Magazine (online).
For more information, visit www.kineticensemble.org