Text in englischer Sprache verfügbarThe Schumann Quartett, though less than a decade old as of 2020, has achieved a high profile in its native Germany, across Europe, and in the less chamber music-friendly U.S. The group has amassed a growing and increasingly prestigious list of collaborators. The Schumann Quartett was formed in 2012 in Cologne by siblings Mark, Erik, and Ken Schumann. They were joined by the violist Liisa Randalu. Studying with Eberhard Feltz and the Alban Berg Quartet, the group quickly found high-quality bookings. In 2016, the quartet began a three-year residency at New York's Chamber Music Society of New York in Lincoln Center. The name of the quartet has nothing to do with that of the composer Robert Schumann, but the group is the holder of a long-term residency at the Robert-Schumann-Saal in Düsseldorf, also completing a similar stint at Schloss Esterházy in Hungary, Haydn's home for most of his long quartet-writing career. It has also performed with world-class collaborators to an unusual degree for such a new group, including clarinetist Sabine Meyer, pianist Menahem Pressler, and singer Anna Lucia Richter. The Schumann Quartett has toured major European capitals and made appearances at festivals in Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands, as well as Germany. Just a year after its formation, the Schumann Quartett was signed to the Ars Produktion label and released an album featuring string quartets by Brahms, Beethoven, and Bartók. The group moved to Berlin Classics in 2017, issuing the album Landscapes, which paired repertory works by Haydn and Bartók with newer pieces from Toru Takemitsu and Arvo Pärt. Its successor, 2018's Intermezzo, featured Richter and received an Opus Klassik award in the quintet category. In 2019, the quartet issued the album Chiaroscuro on Berlin Classics, containing music by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Glass, Shostakovich, Webern, Janáček, and Gershwin.
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