Live recording at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, New York City, April 14, 2011.
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 is represented by Baker Artists, Artists, LLC.
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 and his other works for string quartet. They have recently completed a recording project of the complete works for string quartet by John Adams, which was released on Azica Records in March 2013. In his review for the New York Times, Steve Smith praised this “vivacious, compelling set,” describing the Attacca Quartet’s playing as “exuberant, funky, and…exactingly nuanced.” The 2013-2014 marks the fourth season of “The 68,” an ambitious six-year project in which they will perform all sixty-eight Haydn string quartets on a special series they have created in New York. They have been honored with the 2013 National Federation of Music Clubs Centennial Chamber Music Award, the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association, and the Lotos Prize in the Arts.
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 string quartet-in-residence and teaching fellows at the Lincoln Center Institute, Vivace String Camp in New York and Animato Summer Music Camp at Florida International University in Miami. Since 2006, they have performed in yearly 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. Formed at the Juilliard School in 2003, the members of the Attacca Quartet currently reside in New York City.
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