Attacca Quartet

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.
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.

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.

 

Hailed by The New York Times as an “elegant soloist” with a sound “devotional with its liquid intensity,” Nathan Schram 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, 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 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.

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