TXST Ensemble-in-Residence Snags First GRAMMY Win

Black and white photo of Attacca String Quartet dressed in formal attire

Attacca Quartet, the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Texas State University School of Music, had a banner year at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, January 26th. The group snagged both their first nomination and first win for their work on Shaw: Orange. This string quartet featuring Amy Schroeder, violin, Keiko Tokunaga, violin, Nathan Schram, viola, and Andrew Yee, cello, won the GRAMMY for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

Shaw: Orange was released on April 19th, 2019, containing ten tracks of the works of American composer Caroline Shaw. This album marked Shaw’s first full-length album since winning her Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2013 for her Partita for 8 Voices—parts of which were featured in the Netflix Original series Dark. For more information on Shaw: Orange and other works, visit carolineshaw.com.

Attacca Quartet has been heralded as “exuberant, funky and… exactingly nuanced” by the New York Times, and the Washington Post states that the quartet shows “[m]astery like…quartets that have played together for decades” while only having formed in 2003 at the Juilliard School. In this time the quartet has won numerous awards in several international competitions, including Grand Prize in both the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and the Alice Coleman International Chamber Music Competition.

Attacca Quartet released an album of the works of Texas State University Assistant Professor of Composition Dr. Michael Ippolito in February of 2017. More information on Ippolito’s Songlines is available on their website at attaccaquartet.com/ippolito-songlines and at michaelippolito.com

The Texas State University School of Music is incredibly honored to continue to partner with musicians such as Attacca Quartet. We are especially proud of Attacca Quartet and all their hard work and excellence in the field. For more information on Attacca Quartet, please visit their website at attaccaquartet.com.