Internationally acclaimed, the Attacca Quartet–Amy Schroeder, violin; Keiko Tokunaga, violin; Nathan Schram, viola; and Andrew Yee, cello–has become one of America’s premier young performing ensembles. Now celebrating its thirteenth season, the Quartet was originally formed at the Juilliard School in 2003, where they later became the Graduate Resident String Quartet (2011–2013). Attacca Quartet made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. They garnered the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition (2006), First Prize in the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (2011), and top prize and the Listeners’ Choice Award at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (2011). The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York named them Quartet in Residence for the 2014–2015 season.
In 2013, the Attacca 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,” and The Boston Globe stated: “Few [recent recordings] are as consequential as Fellow Traveler.” The album was the recipient of the 2013 National Federation of Music Clubs Centennial Chamber Music Award. The Attacca 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.
2015–2016 marks the final seasons in New York and Canada of “The 68,” an ambitious self-produced project in which the Attacca Quartet will have performed all sixty-eight of Haydn’s string quartets. They make their Cabrillo Festival debut in John Adams’ work for string quartet and orchestra, Absolute Jest, on Saturday, August 6, during Inspiration & Impact.