Friction Quartet seeks to expand the string quartet repertoire and audience for adventurous contemporary music. Their performances have been called “terribly beautiful” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “stunningly passionate” (Calgary Herald). Since forming in 2011, Friction Quartet has given 70 world premiere performances and commissioned 32 works for string quartet. Recently they gave their Carnegie Hall debut as part of the Kronos Quartet Workshop. They also opened for Kronos Quartet at Z Space in San Francisco as part of Kronos’ “Under 30″ series. Friction is the first Ensemble In Residence at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.