Schumann Quartet

String Quartet

String Quartet


The Schumann Quartet has long ceased to be an insider tip: an ensemble that gives concerts in London‘s Queen’s Hall, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Wien und the Berliner Philharmonie in just one season, as these four musicians will do, has already reached the top flight of the international music scene. But despite this, their concerts still always radiate the magic of youthful free-thinking, unbridled joy in crossing boundaries and unreserved curiosity when entering new musical territory. The Schumann Quartet has reached a stage where anything is possible, because it has dispensed with certainties. This also has consequences for the listeners, who from concert to concert have to be prepared for all eventualities: “A work really develops only in a live performance,” the quartet says.

The three brothers Mark, Erik and Ken Schumann have been playing together since their earliest childhood. In 2012, they were joined by violist Liisa Randalu, who was born in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, and grew up in Karlsruhe, Germany. Those who experience the quartet in performance often remark on the strong connection between its members. The four musicians enjoy the way they communicate without words: how a single look suffices to convey how a particular member wants to play a particular passage. Although the individual personalities clearly manifest themselves, a common space arises in every musical work in a process of spiritual metamorphosis. The quartet’s openness and curiosity may be partly the result of the formative influence exerted on it by teachers such as Eberhard Feltz, the Alban Berg Quartet, or partners such as Menahem Pressler.

Its album “Landscapes”, in which the quartet traces its own roots by combining works of Haydn, Bartók, Takemitsu and Pärt, has been hailed enthusiastically both at home and abroad, among other things receiving five Diapasons, being selected as Editor’s Choice by the BBC Music Magazine and winning the The German Record Critics’ Award (“Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”). The Schumann Quartet was already accorded the 2016 Newcomer Award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards in London for its previous CD Mozart Ives Verdi. Recently the album “Intermezzo” (Release 2018) won an Opus Klassik. The current album “Chiaroscuro” is a combination of Bach’s fugues (edited by Mozart) as “promenade”, like bridges which connect contrasting composers and music, from Glass to Gershwin, Mendelssohn to Shostakovich.

A highlight in the 19/20 season is the residency at the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center in New York City, which began back in December 2016. Furthermore, the quartet will go on tour twice in the US, will give guest performances at festivals in Germany, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands and will also perform concerts in the big musical metropolises of London, Munich, Madrid, Hamburg and Berlin. In addition, the ensemble is part of the opera production “Inferno” at Opera Frankfurt and is looking forward to their annual concerts as part of its long-term residency at the “Robert-Schumann-Saal” in Düsseldorf.

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Julia Mauritz Bettina Schimmer

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