Schumann Quartet

String Quartet

Erik Schumann
Violin
Ken Schumann
Violin
Veit Hertenstein
Viola
Mark Schumann
Cello
“Personal and profound” (BBC Music Magazine): “With no ifs or buts, the ‘Schumanns’ are among the best quartets in the world” (SZ) and certainly “one of the most exciting string quartets of the present day.” (Fono Forum)
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The Schumann Quartet has reached a stage where anything is possible, because it has dispensed with certainties.
The Schumann Quartet has reached a stage where anything is possible, because it has dispensed with certainties. This also has consequences for audiences, which from one concert to the next have to be prepared for all eventualities: “A work really develops only in a live performance,” the quartet says. “That is 'the real thing', because we ourselves never know what will happen. On the stage, all imitation disappears, and you automatically become honest with yourself. Then you can create a bond with the audience – communicate with it in music.” This live situation will gain an added energy in the near future: Sharon Kam, Fabian Müller, Anna Lucia Richter, Anna Vinnitskaya, und Jörg Widmann are among the quartet's current partners.

A special highlight of the 22/23 season will be a concert tour to Singapore, followed by concerts in Adelaide, Australia. The quartet will also perform twice at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and three times at the Wigmore Hall in London. In Europe, the quartet will embark on a major tour with Anna Vinnitskaya in April 2023, during which they will perform Robert Schumann's Piano Quintet in Brussels, Hamburg, Berlin, Geneva and elsewhere. Not to forget the ensemble's return to very familiar venues such as the Mozartfest Würzburg and the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg/Hohenems.

Its album “Intermezzo” (2018 | Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Schumann und Reimann with Anna-Lucia Richter) has been hailed enthusiastically both at home and abroad and received the award “Opus Klassik“ in the category quintet. It is celebrated as a worthy successor to its award-winning “Landscapes” album, in which in which the quartet traces its own roots by combining works of Haydn, Bartók, Takemitsu and Pärt. Among other prices, the latter received the “Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”, five Diapasons and was selected as Editor's Choice by the BBC Music Magazine. For its previous CD “Mozart Ives Verdi”, the Schumann Quartet was accorded the 2016 Newcomer Award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards in London. In 2020 the quartet has expanded its discography with "Fragment" and his examination of one of the masters of the string quartet: Franz Schubert. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the radio, the quartet will dedicate itself to a very special project: An album of pieces around and from 1923. Together with the Bavarian Radio, they will record works by Alban Berg, Leoš Janáček, Ernst Krenek and Aaron Copland.

The three brothers Mark, Erik and Ken Schumann have been playing together since their earliest childhood – meanwhile violist Veit Hertenstein completes the quartet. The four musicians enjoy the way they communicate without words. 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.

Awards, CD releases – it is always tempting to speculate on what factors have led to many people viewing the Schumann Quartet as one of the best in the world. But the four musicians themselves regard these stages more as encounters, as a confirmation of the path they have taken. They feel that their musical development over the past two years represents a quantum leap. “We really want to take things to extremes, to see how far the excitement and our spontaneity as a group take us,” says Ken Schumann, the middle of the three Schumann brothers. They charmingly sidestep any attempt to categorise their sound, approach or style, and let the concerts speak for themselves.

And the critics approve: “Fire and energy. The Schumann Quartet plays staggeringly well [...] without doubt one of the very best formations among today’s abundance of quartets, […] with sparkling virtuosity and a willingness to astonish” (Harald Eggebrecht in Süddeutsche Zeitung).

Quotes taken from an interview with journalists from the classical music magazine VAN (van-magazin.de)

2022/2023
„Fire and energy. The Schumann Quartet plays staggeringly well [...] without doubt one of the very best formations among today’s abundance of quartets, […] with sparkling virtuosity and a willingness to astonish.”Sueddeutsche Zeitung • Harald Eggebrecht • March 10th, 2017
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Contacts: Lenemarie Leukefeld (on maternity leave), Matthias Hermann, Ramona Wiener

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Programme

2023 / 2024
Program I

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 “Quartetto serioso
Janacek: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
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Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 in B flat Major, Op. 67

Program II
Mozart: String Quartet No. 18 in A Major, K 464
Alban Berg: String Quartet, Op. 3
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Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127
Program III
"1923" - 100 years of broadcasting

Berg: String Quartet, Op. 3

Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzersonate“

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Krenek: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 20

Copland: Movement for String Quartet

2022 / 2023

Schedule

30.09.2022
19:30 Uhr
GB / London - Wigmore Hall
Schumann Quartett, Anna-Lucia Richter
02.10.2022
11:00 Uhr
DE / Schwendi - Kleine Bühne
Schumann Quartett
09.10.2022
11:00 Uhr
AT / Hohenems - Markus-Sittikus-Saal
Schumann Quartett, Jörg Widmann
10.10.2022
20:00 Uhr
DE / Celle - Schloßtheater Celle
Schumann Quartett
11.10.2022
19:30 Uhr
DE / Stuttgart - Liederhalle
Schumann Quartett
23.10.2022
19:30 Uhr
DE / Hamburg - Laeiszhalle
Schumann Quartett, Mathias Weber
29.10.2022
DE / Leizpig -
Schumann Quartett
08.11.2022
19:30 Uhr
US / Phoenix, AZ - Camelback Bible Church
Schumann Quartett, Jon Nakamatsu
11.11.2022
19:30 Uhr
US / Ashland, OR - Southern Oregon University
Schumann Quartett, John Nakamatsu
12.11.2022
15:00 Uhr
US / Ashland, OR - Southern Oregon University
Schumann Quartett, Jon Nakamatsu
13.11.2022
15:00 Uhr
US / Eugene, OR - Beall Concert Hall
Schumann Quartett
15.11.2022
19:00 Uhr
US / Joplin, MO -
Schumann Quartett, Jon Nakamatsu
17.11.2022
15:00 Uhr
US / Santa Fe, NM - St. Francis Auditorium
Schumann Quartett
20.11.2022
15:00 Uhr
US / Athens, GA - University of Georgia
Schumann Quartett
26.12.2022
17:00 Uhr
DE / Düsseldorf - Museum Kunstpalast
Schumann Quartett, Claudio Bohorquez

Discography

Rosamunde – Fragment Pt. 1
Franz Schubert
String Quartet No.13 D.804 "Rosamunde"

Chiaroscuro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Five Fugues from Bach´s The Well-Tempered Clavier, KV 4025

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Fugue in E-flat major, Op. 81 No. 4

Philip Glass
String Quartet No. 2 "company"

Dmitri Shostakovich
Two Pieces for String Quartet (1931)

Anton Webern
Six Bagatelles, Op. 9

Leoš Janáček
String Quartet No. 2 "intimate letters"

George Gershwin
Lullaby

Intermezzo
Robert Schumann
String Quartet No. 1 in A minor

Aribert Reimann
Adagio zum Gedenken an Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann / Aribert Reimann
6 Songs Op. 107 for Soprano and String Quartet

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major

Anna Lucia Richter – Soprano

Landscapes
Joseph Haydn
String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 76/4 "Sunrise"

Toru Takemitsu
"Landscape" for String Quartet

Béla Bartók
String Quartet No. 2

Arvo Pärt
"Fratres" for String Quartet

Mozart - Ives - Verdi
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet in D major K. 575

Chales Ives
String Quartet No. 2

Giuseppe Verdi
Quartetto in E minor

Videos

Schumann Quartet @ Wigmore Hall London (16.10.2020)
Schumann Quartet - Schubert: Quartet Movement in C Minor, D 703: II. Andante (Fragment)
Schumann Quartet - Schubert: String Quartet No. 6, D 74: IV. Allegro (Official Music Video)
Schumann Quartet – "Intermezzo" (Trailer)
Schumann Quartet – "Landscapes" (Trailer)

Contact

Lenemarie Leukefeld (on maternity leave)
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 721
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713
Matthias Hermann
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 716
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713
Ramona Wiener
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 723
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713