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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Leonkoro Quartet => BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists

Shortly after the jubilation over the many prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the triumph at the Quatuor à Bordeaux Competition followed and, as all good things apparently come in threes, today, just one week later, the Leonkoro Quartet is appointed BBC New Generation Artists! The four Berlin-based musicians will be part of the scheme from 2022-2024.

Leonkoro Quartet – 1st prize at the Quatuor à Bordeaux Competition

Just one month after their great success at the International Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition (1st prize & 9 special prizes), the Leonkoro Quartet is celebrating another major triumph. On Saturday night they were awarded 1st prize at the Quatuor à Bordeaux Competition. They convinced not only the jury of their talent, but also the audience: in addition to 1st prize, the Leonkoro Quartet returned to Berlin with the audience prize and the young audience prize as well.

Hip Hip Hooray! And the winner is: the Leonkoro Quartett

What a week and what an evening for the Leonkoro Quartet at the Wigmore Hall International String Competition. With an incredibly intense and virtuoso Beethoven Razumovsky No. 3, the four Berlin based musicians crowned their competition week. Our heartfelt congratulations for winning 1st prize and the almost countless special prizes they were honoured with yesterday (April 10th, 2022).

Biography

„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.

Already in the first half of 2022, the Leonkoro Quartet was crowned with two first prizes: in May 2022, the ensemble was awarded the 1st prize at the 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. In April 2022 the four musicians won 1st prize at the International String Quartet Competition of the Wigmore Hall London and were also honored with no less than 9 of the 12 special prizes. These included among others the prize for the best interpretation of a Haydn String Quartet, the prize for the best performance of a 19th century work, the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme Prize, the Leeds International Concert Series Prize as well as the prize of the Esterházy Foundation.

This was followed at the end of May 2022 by their appointment to the prestigious BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists program, of which the Quartet will be a part from 2022 - 2024. 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 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.

The Leonkoro Quartet is fostered intensively by members of the Artemis Quartet at the Berlin University of the Arts. The four musicians receive further artistic impulses from Alfred Brendel, Reinhard Göbel, Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) and Luc-Marie Aguera (Quatuor Ysaye).
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.

In the 2021/2022 season, the Leonkoro Quartet will play at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the String Quartet Biennale of the Philharmonie de Paris, the String Quartet Festival in Heidelberg and the Rheingau Music Festival, among others.

The Leonkoro Quartet is a Pirastro Artist.
„Clearly this is an ensemble with an exceptional future […]”Gramophone, April 2022
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Contacts: Linda Uschinski (Head), Ramona Wiener

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Programme

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: a String Quartet
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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

12.06.2022
DE / Ahaus - Schloss Ahaus - Fürstensaal
Leonkoro Quartett, Philipp Scheucher
21.06.2022
20:00 Uhr
FR / Paris - Goethe Institut -
Leonkoro Quartett
02.07.2022
17:00 Uhr
DE / Pfungstadt - Historisches Rathaus -
Leonkoro Quartett
04.07.2022
20:00 Uhr
DE / Celle - Schlosstheater
Leonkoro Quartett
28.08.2022
11:00 Uhr
DE / Mettlach - Alten Abtei -
Leonkoro Quartett
31.08.2022
19:00 Uhr
DE / Füssen - -
Leonkoro Quartett, Julian Steckel, Karin Wolf
20.09.2022
DE / Engen - -
Leonkoro Quartett
21.09.2022
20:00 Uhr
DE / Mannheim - Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen - Anna-Reiß-Saal
Leonkoro Quartett
25.09.2022
11:00 Uhr
AT / Eisenstadt - Schloss Esterhazy - Haydnsaal
Leonkoro Quartett

Videos

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 (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