Live recording at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, New York City, May 24, 2012.
First Prize winners of the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, top prizewinners and Listeners’ Choice Award recipients in the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and winners of the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006, the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet has become one of America’s premier young performing ensembles. The Attacca Quartet is comprised of violinists Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violist Luke Fleming and cellist Andrew Yee, and was formed at the Juilliard School in 2003. Praised by Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” they made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
The Attacca Quartet performed John Adams’ recently composed String Quartet (2008) in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in December 2009; having worked closely on the quartet with Mr. Adams, he has enthusiastically supported their performances of it. They have recently completed a recording project of the complete works for string quartet by John Adams, which will be released on Azica Records in March 2013. The 2010-2011 concert season marked the beginning of “The 68,” an ambitious project in which they will perform all sixty-eight Haydn string quartets on a special series they have created in New York City. They have been honored with both the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association and the Lotos Prize in the Arts from the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. The Attacca Quartet is represented internationally by Columbia Artists Management, Inc.
The Attacca Quartet held the position of Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School for 2011-2013, and they have been the resident string quartet of the Northern Lights Music Festival since 2010. They were artists-in-residence at both the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut and at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Michigan, and in 2005 were the resident quartet at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. They have also performed at the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Alaska and Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina. The Attacca Quartet has collaborated with pianists Claude Frank, Jerome Lowenthal and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinists Arnold Steinhardt and Vadim Gluzman, cellist Andres Díaz, clarinetist David Shifrin, flautist Carol Wincenc, and the Tokyo String Quartet.
The Attacca Quartet has engaged in extensive educational and community outreach projects, serving as guest artists and teaching fellows at the Vivace String Camp in New York and the Animato Summer Music Camp at Florida International University in Miami. For 2008-2009 they were the resident string quartet at Hunter College in Manhattan, and also taught alongside the Tokyo String Quartet at the Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival. For the summer of 2009, the Attacca Quartet was string quartet-in-residence for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Since 2006, they have performed in numerous benefit concerts supporting the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s efforts to combat Parkinson’s disease. The Attacca Quartet has also distinguished itself in seminars and master classes with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Tokyo, Emerson, Vermeer, Takács and St. Lawrence String Quartets. Composed entirely of Juilliard graduates, the members of the Attacca Quartet currently reside in New York City.
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