• string quartet
  • Germany

Schumann Quartett

That moment when one doesn't yet know what's happening, eyes and ears wide open, looking for some kind of orientation. At the start of Beethoven's ninth string quartet, for example. One unresolved chord after the other, and the four musicians relish the moment, accentuate – very subtly – the lack of orientation, reduce all knowledge to the absolute Now. The Schumann Quartet has reached a stage where anything is possible, because it has dispensed with certainties.

The three brothers Mark, Erik and Ken Schumann, who grew up in the Rhineland, have been playing together since their earliest childhood. 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. The four musicians enjoy the way they communicate without words: how a single look suffices to convey how the other wants to play a particular passage. 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, or partners such as Menahem Pressler.

CD publications, study with the Alban Berg Quartet, a residency of many years at the Robert-Schumann-Saal in Düsseldorf, winning the prestigious Concours de Bordeaux along with other awards, various teachers and musical partners – 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.


Will perform on

Sunday, 7 January 2018

04:00 PM

Beethoven: string quartets and the "sonata form" SEE CONCERT

Monday, 8 January 2018

04:00 PM

Mozart: string quartets and the "sonata form" SEE CONCERT

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

04:00 PM

Haydn: string quartets and the "sonata form" SEE CONCERT

Saturday, 6 January 2018

10:00 PM

Divertimento n.º 1 SEE CONCERT