Quintet Attacca bio:
Founded in 1999, Quintet Attacca is one of Chicago's most dynamic chamber music ensembles. Grand Prize Winner and Wind Division Gold Medal Winner of the 2002 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quintet spent 2006-2009 as the Chicago Chamber Musicians' Professional Development Program Ensemble and continues as CCM’s Outreach and Education Ensemble. Quintet Attacca is also proud to be in residence at the Music Institute of Chicago, offering performances, family programming, chamber music coaching and individual lessons.
Quintet Attacca is one of only two wind quintets in the 40-year history of the Fischoff Competition to have received the Grand Prize. In that same year, the quintet was invited to be a finalist for Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center. Quintet Attacca is an ensemble dedicated to bringing the unique sound of the wind quintet to all types of audiences: to this end, the quintet has played in venues across the Midwest, with extensive programming in Chicago. Quintet Attacca has reached audiences from Italy (at the 2003 Emilia Romagne Festival) to New York (at the Schneider Concerts Series at the New School) to concert halls all over Chicagoland. Recent performances have included the Grand Finale of Make Music Chicago, the First Monday Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, Northeastern Illinois University's Jewel Box Series, a week-long educational residency with the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, a repeat performance at the Rush Hour concert series, and the quintet's annual concert at the Music Institute in Evanston.
Priding itself on its innovative programming, Quintet Attacca enjoys presenting concerts that are both accessible and cutting-edge. Programs have included works that reflect the Classical and Romantic eras, as well as jazz and Latin influenced works and pieces by many of today’s leading composers. Additionally, five works have been written for the quintet: David Smooke's Trompe L'oeil, Collin Anderson's Tangram, Rami Levin’s Dancas Brasilieras and Portrait, and Dana McCormick's Two Episodes for Wind Quintet. To create balanced and entertaining programs, QA combines the challenges of today's most intriguing works with gems from the past.
Quintet Attacca delights in bringing music education to all ages and abilities with its imaginative and engaging outreach programs. In January of 2008, Quintet Attacca collaborated with the Chicago Chamber Musicians to adapt and perform their popular "Quintet Idol!" show on the CCM Family Series at Navy Pier. November of 2009 included a week-long residence with the Fischoff Competition. Virtually every school in South Bend, IN hosted a presentation of Peter and the Wolf, with the week culminating in a sold-out performance at the DeBartolo Center at Notre Dame. Through various organizations such as the International Music Foundation, Evanston-in-Schools, the Fischoff Competition, and the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Quintet Attacca has reached over one hundred schools and thousands of children! QA has also given master classes to young performers and composers at Northwestern University, Northeastern Illinois University, and the Merit School of Music.
In recent years, Quintet Attacca has committed itself to inspiring a love of chamber music for young performers. From its Chamber Winds program at the Music Institute of Chicago to the recent completion of its 6th annual Summer Chamber Music Institute at MIC, Quintet Attacca is passionate about supporting chamber music opportunities for young musicians.