To enrich the musical vibrancy of Houston's cultural landscape.
Formed in 2015, KINETIC is quickly making strides in their American home base of Houston, Texas, attracting audiences to the highest caliber of live music-making through their uniquely collaborative approach. A new conductorless string ensemble, KINETIC is comprised of sixteen passionate and diverse emerging professional musicians with the mission to enrich the musical vibrancy of Houston’s cultural landscape through live performances, distinct programming, and interactive learning experiences. It is a world-class ensemble that proudly calls Houston home – it is Houston’s own conductorless ensemble.
Having recently completed their second concert season, KINETIC already boasts an impressively diverse repertoire, including chamber and orchestral works by Benjamin Britten, Ernest Bloch, Grażyna Bacewicz, Igor Stravinsky, and Eugène Ysaÿe. The ensemble’s unique flexibility to size down to smaller formations, as well as fill out to their full sixteen-player size, allows them to explore the unique sound worlds of strings – from the intimacy of the quartet to the full force of the orchestra. With thoughtfully curated programs that reflect this versatility, KINETIC is also committed to expanding the breadth of the string orchestra genre, having already commissioned and premiered works by American composers Karim Al-Zand, Tommy Dougherty, Daniel Knaggs, and Alexandra T. Bryant.
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 a two-time recipient of the Sviatoslav Richter Fund for Music Outreach, awarded by Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and a selected participant in Houston Arts Alliance's Pre-Incubator Program. The ensemble has been featured on Houston Public Media’s KUHF and Classical 91.7, Houston Chronicle and Arts & Culture Texas Magazine.