Artists biographies
Schumann Quartett

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. This live situation will gain an added energy in the near future: Sabine Meyer, Menahem Pressler and Albrecht Mayer will all be giving concerts with the quartet.

Highlight in the 2016/2017 season is the beginning of their three-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center in New York City. The season will also see a tour to Japan, concerts at festivals like the Rheingau and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, renewed engagements at Tonhalle in Zurich, Wigmore Hall in London and in Munich. Furthermore in 2017 their next CD ‘LANDSCAPE’ will be released with a combination of works by Haydn, Bartók, Takemitsu and Pärt. For their last CD they were awarded with the BBC Music Magazine Award as Best Newcomers of the Year.

The three brothers Mark, Erik and Ken Schumann, who grew up in the Rhineland, have been playing together for five years. 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. Although the individual personalities clearly manifest themselves, a common space arises in every musical work in a process of spiritual metamorphosis.

Formative influences have been teachers such as Eberhard Feltz, or partners such as Menahem Pressler, the study with the Alban Berg Quartet, a residency of many years at the Robert-Schumann-Saal in Düsseldorf, winning the prestigious Concours de Bordeaux. 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. So there is plenty of room for adventure.

Foto: Kaupo Kikkas Foto: Kaupo Kikkas

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2015