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First prize winners in the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, top prize winners and Listeners’ Choice award recipients in the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and winners of the Alice Coleman Grand Prize in the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006, the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet has become one of America’s premier young performing ensembles. Praised by The Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” they were formed at the Juilliard School in 2003 and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. From 2011-2013 they served as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, and for the 2014-2015 season they were selected as the Quartet in Residence by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Attacca Quartet recently completed a recording project of Haydn’s masterwork “The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross,” arranged by Andrew Yee and the Attacca Quartet. In his review for Gramophone, Donald Rosenberg wrote, “The Attacca Quartet explore the work’s range of expressive moods with utmost sensitivity to nuance and interplay .... They triumph in every respect, and are captured in such vivid sound that no telling Haydn detail is allowed to go unheard.” Thewholenote.com wrote, “It’s easily the most satisfying string version of the work that I’ve heard.

In 2013, the quartet released the complete works for string quartet by John Adams on Azica Records. It was praised by Steve Smith of The New York Times as a “vivacious, compelling set,” describing the Attacca Quartet’s playing as “exuberant, funky, and … exactingly nuanced.” The Boston Globe also praised the release, stating, “Few [recent recordings] are as consequential as ‘Fellow Traveler,’ … superb performances.” The album was the recipient of the 2013 National Federation of Music Clubs Centennial Chamber Music Award. The quartet has 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 2016-2017 season began with a bang as the Attacca Quartet opened for rock superstar Jeff Lynne’s ELO in two sold-out Radio City Music Hall performances. In addition, the quartet will be launching their new “Recently Added” series (first announced in a New York Times feature about the completion of their six-year traversal of all of Haydn’s 68 string quartets). The new project is dedicated to living composers who they feel have added significantly to the string quartet canon. The first season is taking place at Brooklyn's National Sawdust and features the music of Caroline Shaw, Michael Ippolito and John Adams. At the same time, the Attacca will present an ongoing series at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan entitled “Based on Beethoven,” featuring performances of the complete Beethoven string quartets, paired with works inspired by Beethoven from the “Recently Added” series. The group will serve as the inaugural Ensemble-in-Residence at the School of Music at Texas State University during the 2016-2017 season and will appear in concerts and master classes throughout the United States and South America.

The Attacca Quartet has engaged in extensive educational and community outreach projects, serving as guest artists and teaching fellows at the Lincoln Center Institute, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Vivace String Camp in New York, the Woodlands ChamberFest in Texas, Virginia Arts Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley and Animato Summer Music Camp at Florida International University in Miami. Since 2006, they have performed in yearly benefit concerts supporting the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s efforts. The members of the Attacca Quartet currently reside in New York City. They are represented by Baker Artists, LLC.

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Individual Bios


Individual Bios


Amy Schroeder – Violin

Hailed by the Washington Post as ‘an impressive artist whose playing combines imagination and virtuosity’ violinist Amy Schroeder, was born in Buffalo, New York. She studied with Sally Thomas and the Juilliard String Quartet at the Juilliard School where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees as well as an Artist Diploma.  Ms. Schroeder has soloed with orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, the Clarence Symphony Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra.  A founding member of the Attacca Quartet, she has been a part of a wide array of festivals including the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Music@Menlo, the Pacific Music Festival Tokyo String Quartet Program, the Emerson String Quartet seminar, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, the Banff Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Sitka Chamber Music Festival, the Highlands/Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the Music Academy of the West.   She was also the recipient of the Henrietta and Albert J.  Ziegle Jr. Scholarship, which provided the tuition for her studies at Juilliard.  Growing up in Buffalo Ms. Schroeder began her violin studies with Karen Campbell and Thomas Halpin. She currently plays on a violin made in 2012 by Nathan Slobodkin.


Keiko Tokunaga – Violin

A passionate advocate of the chamber music of all eras, violinist Keiko Tokunaga has already established a formidable reputation as a soloist and a chamber musician across North and South America, Europe, Australia, and in her native Japan. As a member of the New York-based Attacca Quartet,  Ms. Tokunaga has soloed with orchestras including the Spanish National Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Amherst Symphony Orchestra and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. She has performed both as a soloist and a chamber musician in such major venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rubin Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Banff Centre in Canada, Ohji Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Izumi Hall in Osaka. Ms. Tokunaga recently released her debut solo album, “Jewels,” from New York Classics in 2016.

When she is not touring with the quartet, Ms. Tokunaga enjoys her career as an educator. She has been on faculty at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Ear Training Division since 2008 and currently serves as a violin instructor at the Fordham University, while maintaining a private violin studio in Manhattan.

Ms. Tokunaga holds an Artist Diploma, a Masters and a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School. She plays on Stefano Scarampella violin from 1900.


Nathan Schram – Viola

Hailed by The New York Times as an “elegant soloist” with a sound “devotional with its liquid intensity,” Nathan is a sought after violist, composer, and arranger. Working with many of today’s great composers, he has premiered music by Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, Becca Stevens, Timo Andres, David Bruce, Elliot Cole and others. Nathan is also a founding member of Speed Bump, an ensemble devoted to improvisation and their own compositions. Nathan has collaborated with many of the great artists of today including: Björk, Itzhak Perlman, Becca Stevens, Gabriel Kahane, Gil Kalish, Simon Rattle, Phil Setzer, Joshua Bell, and others.

Apart from performing, Nathan is the Founding Director of Musicambia, a New York based initiative establishing a network of music conservatories within prisons and jails in the United States. Musicambia currently runs a music conservatory at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York and is developing a school in South Carolina as well as programs overseas.

Schram is a prizewinner of the 2007 Primrose International Viola competition, the 2006 Corpus Christi Concerto Competition and a First Prize winner of the 2008 ASTA National Solo Competition. He studied at Indiana University with Alan de Veritch and at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain with Diemut Poppen and Yuval Gotlibovich. As an Ensemble ACJW Fellow he was documented by radio journalist Jeff Lunden for a 2-year, four-part series for NPR’s Weekend Edition.


Andrew Yee – Cello

Andrew Yee, cello, has been praised by Michael Kennedy of the London Telegraph as “spellbindingly virtuosic…remember that you heard [his] name here first.”  He is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet, and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Fred Sherry, Darrett Adkins, and Joel Krosnick.  Mr. Yee has appeared with the International Sejong Soloists, and has played solo and chamber music recitals across the United States.  His many engagements include the Concert Hall, Terrace Theatre, and Millennium stages in the Kennedy Center of Washington D.C. Alice Tully Hall, the Spoleto Festival, Carnegie Hall, and other venues including solo performances of Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody, Vivaldi’s Concerto for two cellos, and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.  Mr. Yee plays on a 2002 Nathan Slobodkin cello modeled after the 1731 “Ex Messeas” Guarneri “del Gesu” cello.


Repertoire

Repertoire for the 2014 – 2015 Concert Season

ADAMS, JOHN  Absolute Jest for String Quartet and Orchestra (2011)
ADAMS, JOHN  String Quartet (2008)
ADAMS, JOHN  Selections from John’s Book of Alleged Dances (1994)
BARTÓKString Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85 (1927)
BARTÓKString Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114 (1939)
BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in F major, Op. 18 no. 1 (1799)
BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in Eb major, Op. 127 (1825)
BRITTEN  Three Divertimenti for String Quartet (1933)
DVOŘÁKString Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American” (1892)
FUNG, VIVIAN  String Quartet No. 3 (2013)
GRIEGString Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 (1878)
HENSEL, FANNY MENDELSSOHN  String Quartet in Eb major (1834)
MENDELSSOHN, FELIX AND FANNY  Song Selections (arranged by Attacca Quartet)
HAYDN  The Seven Last Words of Christ, Op. 51 (1787)
HAYDN  String Quartets (Over 55 to choose from; please see full repertoire list below)
HINDSON, MATTHEW  String Quartet No. 1 “Industrial Night Music” (2003)
JANÁČEKString Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata” (1923)
JANÁČEKString Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” (1928)
MOZART  String Quartet in G major, K. 387 (1782)
PÄRT, ARVO  Fratres (1977/1989)
POULENCSong Selections (arranged by Attacca Quartet)
ROGERSON, CHRIS  String Quartet No. 2 (2013)
STRAVINSKY  Concertino for String Quartet (1920)
TAKEMITSU, TORU  A Way a Lone (1981)

Special Programs

1) Story telling

From Beethoven’s setting of the tomb scene of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” to John Adams’ own quirky musings on his own work to Janáček’s beautifully tragic letters to the inspiration of his final work, words and music weave together in this program to tell profound stories to the listener.

BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in F major, Op. 18 no. 1
ADAMS, JOHN  Selections from John’s Book of Alleged Dances (1994)
Inermission
JANÁČEK  String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters”

2) Attacca Quartet Current Projects Program

This program showcases our work on complete string quartets of Haydn with our series, “The 68,” and the complete string quartet works of John Adams on our new CD, “Fellow Traveler,” released by Azica Records in March 2013.

ADAMS, JOHN  Selections from John’s Book of Alleged Dances (1994)
HAYDN  String Quartet TBA
Intermission
ADAMS, JOHN  String Quartet (2008)

3) Away from Home

All three of the composers on this program were away from home at some point while writing these particular pieces, which have since become some of their best loved works. Includes vivid contextual descriptions with possible pre-concert Q&A.

HAYDN  String Quartet No. 52 in Eb major, Op. 64 no. 6 (or another Op. 64 if preferred)
BARTÓKString Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114 (1939)
Intermission
DVOŘÁKString Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 106

Thank you so much for considering us for your series.  Please let us know what else you might have in mind for programming, as we would love to come up with something that works well for your audience and season.

Full List of Repertoire

String Quartets

ADAMS, JOHN  Fellow Traveler (2007)
ADAMS, JOHN  John’s Book of Alleged Dances (1994)
ADAMS, JOHN  String Quartet (2008)
ANDRES, TIMOTHY  Early to Rise for String Quartet (2013) – performed the World Premiere, 2013
BALYSOV, ROUMEN  String Quartet No. 2
BARBER  String Quartet, Op. 11
BARTÓK  String Quartet No. 1, Sz. 40
BARTÓK  String Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67
BARTÓKString Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85
BARTÓK  String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91
BARTÓK  String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114
BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in F major, Op. 18 no. 1
BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in G major, Op. 18 no. 2
BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18 no. 4
BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in A major, Op. 18 no. 5
BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 no. 2 “Razumovsky”
BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in Eb major, Op. 127
BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in C# minor, Op. 131
BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132
BRITTEN  Three Divertimenti for String Quartet (1933)
BRUZDOWICZ, JOANNA  String Quartet No. 1, “La Vita” (1983)
CHANG, DOROTHY  ”Beautiful Things” for String Quartet
DEAN, BRETT  Eclipse for String Quartet (2003)
DEBUSSY  String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
DVOŘÁK  String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American”
DVOŘÁK  String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 106
FUNG, VIVIAN  String Quartet No. 3 (2013)
GRIEG String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 (1878)
HATZIS, CHRISTOS  Cruel Elegance for String Quartet (2004)
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 2 in Eb major, Op. 1 no. 2
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 1 no. 3
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 4 in G major, Op. 1 no. 4
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 5 in Eb major, Op. 1 no. 0 (also referenced as Op. 0)
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 6 in C major, Op. 1 no. 6
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 7 in A major, Op. 2 no. 1
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 8 in E major, Op. 2 no. 2
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 9 in F major, Op. 2 no. 4
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 10 in Bb major, Op. 2 no. 6
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 12 in C major, Op. 9 no. 1
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 14 in Eb major, Op. 9 no. 2
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 15 in Bb major, Op. 9 no. 5
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 16 in A major, Op. 9 no. 6
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 17 in F major, Op. 17 no. 2
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 18 in E major, Op. 17 no. 1
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 19 in C minor, Op. 17 no. 4
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 20 in D major, Op. 17 no. 6
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 22 in G major, Op. 17 no. 5
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 23 in F minor, Op. 20 no. 5
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 24 in A major, Op. 20 no. 6
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 25 in C major, Op. 20 no. 2
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 26 in G minor, Op. 20 no. 3
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 27 in D major, Op. 20 no. 4
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 28 in Eb major, Op. 20 no. 1
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 29 in G major, Op. 33 no. 5
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 30 in Eb major, Op. 33 no. 2 “The Joke”
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 31 in B minor, Op. 33 no. 1
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 32 in C major, Op. 33 no. 3 “The Bird”
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 34 in Bb major, Op. 33 no. 4
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 36 in Bb major, Op. 50 no. 1
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 37 in C major, Op. 50 no. 2
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 38 in Eb major, Op. 50 no. 3
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 39 in F# minor, Op. 50 no. 4
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 40 in F major, Op. 50 no. 5 “The Dream”
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 42 in C major, Op. 54 no. 2
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 44 in E major, Op. 54 no. 3
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 45 in A major, Op. 55 no. 1
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 46 in F minor, Op. 55 no. 2 “Razor”
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 47 in Bb major, Op. 55 no. 3
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 48 in C major, Op. 64 no. 1
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 49 in B minor, Op. 64 no. 2
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 50 in Bb major, Op. 64 no. 3
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 51 in G major, Op. 64 no. 4
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 52 in Eb major, Op. 64 no. 6
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 53 in D major, Op. 64 no. 5 “The Lark”
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 54 in Bb major, Op. 71 no. 1
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 55 in D major, Op. 71 no. 2
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 56 in Eb major, Op. 71 no. 3
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 59 in G minor, Op. 74 no. 3 “The Rider”
HAYDN String Quartet No. 60 in G major, Op. 76 no. 1
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 61 in D minor, Op. 76 no. 2 “Fifths”
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 62 in C major, Op. 76 no. 3 “Emperor”
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 63 in Bb major, Op. 76 no. 4 “Sunrise”
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 64 in D major, Op. 76 no. 5
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 65 in Eb major, Op. 76 no. 6
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 66 in G major, Op. 77 no. 1
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 67 in F major, Op. 77 no. 2
HAYDN  String Quartet No. 68 in D minor, Op. 103
HAYDN  The Seven Last Words of Christ, Op. 51 (1787)
HENSEL, FANNY MENDELSSOHN  String Quartet in Eb major (1834)
HINDSON, MATTHEW  String Quartet No. 1 “Industrial Night Music” (2003) – performed the Western Hemisphere Premiere, 2008
HUANG RUO  ”The Three Tenses” for String Quartet (2005) – performed the Western Hemisphere Premiere, 2008
IPPOLITO, MICHAEL  String Quartet No. 3 “Songlines” (2012) – performed the World Premiere, 2012
JANÁČEKString Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata” (1923)
JANÁČEK  String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” (1928)
LIGETI  String Quartet No. 1, “Metamorphoses Nocturnes” (1954)
MENDELSSOHN  String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
MENDELSSOHN  String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44 no. 2
MENDELSSOHNString Quartet in F minor, Op. 80 (1847)
MOZART  String Quartet in D minor, K. 173
MOZART  String Quartet in G major, K. 387
MOZART  String Quartet in D minor, K. 421
MOZART  String Quartet in C major, K. 465 “Dissonance”
MOZART  String Quartet in D major, K. 575 “Prussian”
MOYA, REINALDO  String Quartet No. 1 (2007) – performed the World Premiere, dedicated to the Attacca Quartet
MURPHY, KELLY MARIE  String Quartet, “Dark Energy” (2007)
NISHIMURA  String Quartet No. 3, “Avian” (1997) – performed the Western Hemisphere premiere
PÄRT, ARVO  Fratres (1977/1989)
POULENCSong Selections (arranged for string quartet)
PROKOFIEV  String Quartet No. 1 in B minor, Op. 50
PUCCINI Crisantemi (1892)
RAVEL  String Quartet in F major (1903)
ROGERSON, CHRIS  String Quartet No. 2 (2013) – performed the World Premiere, 2013
SARUYA, TOSHIRO  Aither, the Beorht (1996)
SCHUBERT  Quartettsatz in C minor, D. 703
SCHUBERT  String Quartet No. 10 in Eb major, D. 87 (1813)
SCHUBERTString Quartet in A minor, D.  804 “Rosamunde” (1824)
SCHUBERT  String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden”
SCHUBERT  String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887
SHOSTAKOVICH  String Quartet No. 3, Op. 73
SHOSTAKOVICH  String Quartet No. 8, Op. 110
STRAVINSKY  Concertino for String Quartet (1920)
TAKEMITSU, TORU  A Way a Lone (1981)
THOMAS, AMBROISE  String Quartet in E minor, Op. 1
UNG, CHINARY  Spiral X – “In Memory” for Amplified String Quartet (2007) – performed New York Premiere, 2008
WEBERN  Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op. 9

Other Chamber Ensembles and Collaborations

BARBER  Dover Beach, Op. 3
BEETHOVEN  Piano Quartet in Eb major, Op. 16
BEETHOVEN  String Trio in G major, Op. 9 no. 1
BEETHOVEN  Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer” (arrangement for string quintet)
BRAHMS  Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
BRAHMS  String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36
BRAHMS  Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115
CHAUSSON  Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21
CHEN YI  Sound of the Five for Cello Quintet (2001)
CHOPIN  Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (arr. for Piano Quintet)
COUPERIN  Pieces en Concert for Cello and String Quartet
DVOŘÁKPiano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
DVOŘÁKString Quintet in G major, Op. 77 (with Intermezzo, Op. 40)
FAURÉ  Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15
GADE  Octet in F major, Op. 17 (first parts)
GLAZUNOV  String Quintet in A major, Op. 39
MENDELSSOHN  Octet in Eb major, Op. 20 (first and second quartet parts)
MUHLY, NICO  Far Away Songs for Soprano, String Quartet, and Piano (2012) – performed the World Premiere, 2012
MOZART  Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
PORTER, QUINCY  Clarinet Quintet (1929)
RESPIGHI  Il Tramonto (1918)
SAINT-SAËNS  Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 14
SCHOENBERG  Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
SCHUBERT  String Quintet in C major, D. 956
SCHUMANN  Piano Quintet in Eb Major Op. 44
SHOSTAKOVICH  Octet, Op. 11 (first and second quartet parts)
SHOSTAKOVICH  Piano Quintet, Op. 57
TCHAIKOVSKY  Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70
WEBER  Clarinet Quintet in Bb major, Op. 34

Concertos and Pieces Performed with Orchestra

ADAMS, JOHN  Absolute Jest for String Quartet and Orchestra (2011)
LEES, BENJAMIN  Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (1964)
MAHLER  Das Lied von der Erde (1909), arr. Schoenberg for string quartet and chamber orchestra
MAHLER  Songs of a Wayfarer (1895), arr. Schoenberg for string quartet and chamber orchestra
SPOHR  Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, Op.131