Each composer in this program brought a new perspective to the music in his generation. Steve Reich’s Different Trains, performed by the Attacca Quartet, and is presented with a video by Beatriz Caravaggio that builds on a montage of wartime images. His inspiration for the piece was contrasting his own fond memories riding trains as a child juxtaposed with the memories of Holocaust victims riding trains to the camps.  Prutsman and Koo perform two of Pärt’s most famous minimalist works, incredibly popular for the calm in which the music inhabits.


SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73
ARVO PÄRT: Fratres (violin and piano)
STEVE REICH: Different Trains (with video, recorded sound and string quartet)
ARVO PÄRT: Spiegel im Spiegel (violin and piano)

“Mastery like this is scarce enough in quartets that have played together for decades.”  The Washington Post


Amy Schroeder, violin | Keiko Tokunaga, violin | Nathan Schram, viola | Andrew Yee, cello

The internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet is one of the most exciting and dynamic ensembles of their generation. Praised by The Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” the Quartet was formed at the Juilliard School and made its professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. As stated by The Washington Post, “Mastery like this is scarce enough in quartets that have played together for decades.”

The Attacca Quartet tours extensively throughout the United States and abroad including an ongoing series at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan entitled “Based on Beethoven”. The group currently serves as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the School of Music at Texas State University. A champion of contemporary composers, the Attacca Quartet’s most recent album included works of Michael Ippolito, and the group’s next recording features works of Caroline Shaw. 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, Bravo! Vail Valley, to name a few. The members of the Attacca Quartet currently reside in New York City.

“They may be a relatively young ensemble, but already they come very close to epitomizing the string quartet ideal…Mastery like this is scarce enough in quartets that have played together for decades.” —The Washington Post

Video Notes

Barry Shiffman speaking about the many string quartets at the RCMF