CMS Two Member

Schumann Quartet


Schumann Quartet Photo credit: Kaupo Kikkas

The Schumann Quartet was praised by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as playing "staggeringly well… with sparkling virtuosity and a willingness to astonish." In the 2016-17 season the quartet starts its three-year CMS Two residency at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The season will also see a tour to Japan, concerts at festivals such as the Rheingau and Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, and renewed engagements at the Tonhalle in Zürich, Wigmore Hall in London, and in Munich. Sabine Meyer, Menahem Pressler and Albrecht Mayer will all be giving concerts with the quartet. Last season the ensemble was quartet-in-residence at Schloss Esterházy, and gave the first performance of a string quartet by Helena Winkelman. The season also saw concerts in the Tonhalle Zürich, at the Musikverein in Vienna, in London's Wigmore Hall, and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, a tour of Israel, and the quartet's American debut in Washington, DC. The quartet has performed at many festivals, including 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 in London, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Palacio Real in Madrid, Teatro Verdi in Trieste, and the Muziekgebouw in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

In 2017 the Schumann Quartet's CD Landscape will be released with works by Haydn, Bartók, Takemitsu, and Pärt. After a debut recording that garnered acclaim from The Strad ("a most auspicious disc debut") and Ensemble Magazine ("No doubt: the future belongs to this quartet"), the ensemble's most recent CD, including quartets by Mozart, Ives, and Verdi, was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Award for Best Newcomers of the Year. 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.

Brothers Mark, Erik, and Ken Schumann grew up in the Rhineland and 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. 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.