The Schumann Quartet was praised by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as playing “staggeringly well… with sparkling virtuosity and a willingness to astonish.” This season the quartet continues its three-year residency in The Bowers Program (formerly Chamber Music Society Two). Furthermore, the quartet will go on tour in Israel and twice in the US, give guest performances at festivals in Germany, Austria, France, the Netherlands, and Bulgaria and perform concerts in London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg, and Berlin. In addition, the ensemble is “artiste étoile” at the Oraniensteiner Konzerte and is looking forward to its two annual concerts as part of its long-term residency at the Robert-Schumann-Saal in Düsseldorf.
The quartet’s most recent album Intermezzo (2018) has been hailed enthusiastically both at home and abroad. The quartet has also recorded Landscapes, in which it traces its own roots by combining works of Haydn, Bartók, Takemitsu, and Pärt, received the Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, five Diapasons, and was selected as Editor's Choice by BBC Music Magazine. The Schumann Quartet won the 2016 Best Newcomers of the Year Award from BBC Music Magazine for its previous CD, Mozart Ives Verdi. The quartet's other awards include premier prix at the 2013 Concours International de Quatuor à Cordes de Bordeaux, the music prize of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation in the chamber music category in 2014, and first prize in the 2012 Schubert and Modern Music competition in Graz, Austria.
The quartet has performed at many festivals, including Schleswig Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lockenhaus, the Davos Festival, Menton Festival de Musique in France, Cantabile Festival in Portugal, the Rheingau Music Festival, and the Korsholm Music Festival in Finland. Other appearances include venues such as Kings Place and Wigmore Hall in London, the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Tonhalle in Zürich, Palacio Real in Madrid, Teatro Verdi in Trieste, and the Muziekgebouw in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Brothers Mark, Erik, and Ken Schumann grew up in the Rhineland. In 2012, they were joined by violist Liisa Randalu, who was born in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, and grew up in Karlsruhe, Germany. The quartet studied with Eberhard Feltz and the Alban Berg Quartet, and served as resident ensemble for many years at the Robert-Schumann-Saal in Düsseldorf.