Leonkoro Quartett

String Quartet

Jonathan Schwarz
Violin I
Amelie Wallner
Violin II
Mayu Konoe
Viola
Lukas Schwarz
Cello
It is and remains a rarity for four young people to come together and - in their joint string quartet work - develop and radiate a sense of necessity for this royal class of chamber music. The Leonkoro Quartet has accomplished this in breathtakingly short time.
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„The Leonkoro Quartet [...] has an enormous stage presence, glows for the music, takes full risks and amazes with its empathy for the respective sound of the pieces [...]“
The String Quartet, founded in Berlin in 2019, could hardly be described more aptly than in the review published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in January 2022.
The ensemble is framed by brothers Jonathan and Lukas Schwarz on 1st violin and cello, with Amelie Wallner on 2nd violin and Mayu Konoe on viola providing the middle voices. Leonkoro, in Esperanto: Lionheart, alludes not coincidentally to Astrid Lindgren's children's book about two brothers, a book that juxtaposes the grave fact of dying with a large and heartfelt portion of consolation - a meaning the quartet's music is also dedicated to in not a few places.
The year 2022 is a year of awards for the Leonkoro Quartet:
In March 2022, the ensemble was honored with the coveted and highly endowed Jürgen Ponto Foundation Music Prize which is awarded every two years to an outstanding String Quartet.
In April 2022, the four musicians won 1st prize at the International String Quartet Competition at Wigmore Hall London and were also awarded 9 out of 12 special prizes. These included the prize for the best performance of a work from the 19th century, the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme Prize, the Leeds International Concert Series Prize and the Esterházy Foundation Prize.
In May 2022, the ensemble was awarded with the 1st prize at Quatuor à Bordeaux Competition. They were able to convince not only the top-class jury, but also the audience who awarded them the Audience Prize as well as the Young Audience Prize. At the end of the month, they were appointed to the prestigious BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists program, of which the quartet will be a part from 2022 - 2024.
This was followed by the MERITO String Quartet Award in November 2022. Unlike a classical competition, the five selected ensembles do not know that they will be evaluated by a jury - made up of renowned String Quartet musicians - over the course of a year and will demonstrate their artistic level in concerts. The MERITO String Instrument Trust will support the ensemble for four years with among other things, a composition commission.
In the summer of 2021, the Leonkoro Quartet got off to a brilliant start on the international stage when it became the youngest formation to be awarded 2nd prize (the 1st prize was not awarded) and the coveted Audience Prize at the highly renowned international String Quartet competition Premio Paolo Borciani.
In the same year, the ensemble won 1st prize in the Chamber Music Competition of the Alice Samter Foundation and was awarded 2nd prize in the Ton und Erklärung competition of the Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft.
In addition to studying chamber music with Heime Müller at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, the quartet has been studying with Günter Pichler (Primarius Alban Berg Quartet) at the Chamber Music Institute of the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía Madrid since 2020 with the generous support of Santander Consumer Bank AG.
The Leonkoro Quartet is fostered intensively by members of the Artemis Quartet at the Berlin University of the Arts. The four musicians received further artistic impulses from Alfred Brendel, Reinhard Göbel, Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) and Luc-Marie Aguera (Quatuor Ysaye).
The quartet's first album, Ravel's String Quartet and Schumann's 3rd Quartet, was released in late spring 2023 by Mirare.
The season 23/24 will be a season of great debuts, among others at the Berliner Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Flagey Brussels, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Wien. The Leonkoros will appear at festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the String Quartet Biennale Paris, the Heidelberger Fruehling, and will continue its residency in Leeds.
The Leonkoro Quartet is a Pirastro Artist.
Jonathan Schwarz plays a violin by Girolamo Amati II (1696) from Cremona, kindly on loan privately through Emmanuel Jaeger by ProQuartet.

2023 / 2024
„Clearly this is an ensemble with an exceptional future […]”Gramophone, April 2022
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Contacts: Linda Uschinski (Department Head), Ramona Wiener

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Programme

2024 / 2025

You’ll find the current programmes in the IMPRESARIUM of the 24/25 season

2023 / 2024
Program I

Schubert: String Quartet No. 9 in G minor, D173
Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzersonate” or Rihm: String Quartet No. 9 “Quartettsatz”
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Beethoven: Streichquartett No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1

Program II

Haydn: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 20 No. 3, Hob. III: 33 (No. 3 of “Sonnenquartette”)
Rihm: String Quartet No. 9 “Quartettsatz”
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Schumann: String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41 No. 3

Program III
Autumn 2023
Webern: Slow movement for String Quartet (1905)
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 F major, Op. 73
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Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

Schedule

11.06.2023
11:00 Uhr
DE / Weilburg -
Leonkoro Quartett
20.06.2023
19:30 Uhr
GB / Leeds III - The Venue
Leonkoro Quartett
23.06.2023
19:30 Uhr
DE / Icking - Rainer-Maria-Rilke Konzertsaal
Leonkoro Quartett, Raphaël Merlin, Marie Chilemme
23.06.2023
15:00 Uhr
DE / Icking - Rainer-Maria-Rilke Konzertsaal
Leonkoro Quartett, Gabriel Le Magadure
24.06.2023
DE / Ellwangen -
Leonkoro Quartett
25.06.2023
11:00 Uhr
DE / Kaisheim - Leitheim - Schloß Leitheim
Leonkoro Quartett
10.07.2023
11:00 Uhr
GB / Cheltenham - Pittville Pump Room
Leonkoro Quartett, Elisabeth Brauss
13.07.2023
20:00 Uhr
AT / Hohenems - Markus-Sittikus-Saal
Quatuor Modigliani, Leonkoro Quartett
15.07.2023
20:00 Uhr
FR / Maison-Maugis - Eglise de Maison-Maugis
Leonkoro Quartett
04.08.2023
DE / Oberstdorf -
Leonkoro Quartett
07.08.2023
DK / Sonderborg - Koncertsalen Alsion
Leonkoro Quartett
08.08.2023
DE / Reinbek - Schloss Reinbek
Leonkoro Quartett
12.08.2023
18:00 Uhr
DE / Geisenheim - Schloß Johannisberg Fürst-von-Metternich-Saal
Simply Quartet, Leonkoro Quartett
01.09.2023
14:30 Uhr
CA / Banff, AB - Rolston Recital Hall
Leonkoro Quartett, Dior Quartet
02.09.2023
10:30 Uhr
CA / Banff, AB - Rolston Recital Hall
Leonkoro Quartett, Michael Bridge, Anna Stube, New Orford String Quartet, Hao Zhou
02.09.2023
14:30 Uhr
CA / Banff, AB - Rolston Recital Hall
Leonkoro Quartett, Ema Nikolovska, Gilles Vansattel
03.09.2023
14:30 Uhr
CA / Banff, AB - Rolston Recital Hall
Leonkoro Quartett, New Orford String Quartet, Viano String Quartet, Alon Nashman
20.09.2023
DE / Odenthal -
Leonkoro Quartett
21.09.2023
DE / Andernach - Schloss Burg Namedy
Leonkoro Quartett
22.09.2023
DE / Krefeld - Burg Linn Rittersaal
Leonkoro Quartett
24.09.2023
11:00 Uhr
DE / Burgrieden - Museum Villa Rot
Leonkoro Quartett
25.09.2023
19:00 Uhr
DE / Tegernsee - Schloß Tegernsee Barocksaal
Leonkoro Quartett
27.09.2023
20:15 Uhr
NL / Amsterdam - Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal
Leonkoro Quartett
06.10.2023
19:30 Uhr
GB / Leamington Spa - Royal Pump Rooms
Leonkoro Quartett
08.10.2023
11:30 Uhr
GB / London - Wigmore Hall
Leonkoro Quartett
10.10.2023
19:30 Uhr
GB / Dundee - Marryat Hall
Leonkoro Quartett
12.10.2023
19:30 Uhr
GB / Nottingham - University of Nottingham Djanogly Recital Hall
Leonkoro Quartett
14.10.2023
19:30 Uhr
GB / Sevenoaks - Walthamstow Hall School Ship Theatre
Leonkoro Quartett
16.10.2023
19:30 Uhr
GB / Portsmouth - Portsmouth Guildhall
Leonkoro Quartett
17.10.2023
19:30 Uhr
GB / Cheltenham - Pittville Pump Room
Leonkoro Quartett
20.10.2023
19:45 Uhr
GB / Lewes - Cliffe Building Sussex Downs College
Leonkoro Quartett
21.10.2023
19:15 Uhr
GB / Sheffield - The Crucible Theatre
Leonkoro Quartett
22.10.2023
19:30 Uhr
GB / Kelso - Old Parish Church
Leonkoro Quartett

Discography

Debut Album
Maurice Ravel
String Quartet, Op. 35

Robert Schumann
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 41 No. 3

Videos

Leonkoro Quartet - Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41, No. 3
Leonkoro Quartet - Vibre! International competition - Final
Leonkoro Quartet - Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in B minor, Op. 33, No. 1
Leonkoro Quartet - Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 4
Leonkoro Quartet - Anton Webern: Fünf Sätze für Streichquartett op. 5
Leonkoro Quartet - Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz in C minor, D. 703

Contact

Linda Uschinski (Department Head)
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 717
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713
Ramona Wiener
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 723
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713