Schumann Quartet

String Quartet

Erik Schumann
Ken Schumann
Veit Hertenstein
Mark Schumann
“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).*

Erik Schumann plays on a violin by Joseph Guarneri filius Andrea from 1690, kindly made available to him by the Guadagnini Foundation Stuttgart.
Ken Schumann plays an old Italian violin from the mid-18th century, kindly made available to him privately.
Veit Hertenstein plays a viola by Pietro Giovanni Mantegazza from 1767, a generous loan from a private source.
Mark Schumann plays a cello by Giovanni & Francesco Grancino from 1680, generously loaned to him by MERITO Sit Vienna.

*Quotes taken from an interview with journalists from the classical music magazine VAN (

„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



2024 / 2025
2023 / 2024
Program I

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 “Quartetto serioso
Janacek: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
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
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“


Krenek: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 20

Copland: Movement for String Quartet


19:30 Uhr
DE / Bremen Oberneuland - Evangelische Kirche
Schumann Quartett, Denis Goldfeld, Sofja Gülbadamova
20:00 Uhr
DE / Würzburg - Residenz Würzburg Kaisersaal
Schumann Quartett, Ragna Schirmer, Lars Radloff
13:00 Uhr
GB / London - Wigmore Hall
Schumann Quartett
18:00 Uhr
AT / Erl I - Festspielhaus
Schumann Quartett
19:00 Uhr
AT / Erl II - Festspielhaus
Schumann Quartett, Martina Gedeck
19:00 Uhr
AT / Erl III - Festspielhaus
Schumann Quartett
MK / Ohrid -
Schumann Quartett
20:17 Uhr
NL / Zeist - Kirche der Evangelischen Brüdergemeinschaft in Zeist
Schumann Quartett
11:00 Uhr
AT / Schwarzenberg - Angelika-Kauffmann-Saal
Sharon Kam, Schumann Quartett
19:30 Uhr
CH / Küsnacht - Seehof Küsnacht ODER Konzertsaal St. Georg
Schumann Quartett, Sonja Leutwyler
19:30 Uhr
GB / London - Wigmore Hall
Schumann Quartett
19:30 Uhr
IE / Dublin - Royal Irish Academy of Music
Schumann Quartett
20:00 Uhr
DK / Humlebæk - Museum Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Schumann Quartett, Peijun Xu
20:00 Uhr
CZ / Prag - Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall
Schumann Quartett, Sharon Kam
19:30 Uhr
DE / Seeg - Pfarrkirche St. Ulrich
Schumann Quartett
19:30 Uhr
AT / Linz - Brucknerhaus Mittlerer Saal
Schumann Quartett


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

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

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

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


Schumann Quartet - Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51
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)


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Ramona Wiener
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