Schumann-Quartett | Picture: Harald Hoffmann

Concert information

At the invitation of the Berliner Philharmoniker


From a young age, the brothers Erik, Ken and Mark Schumann were deeply absorbed by the subtleties of chamber music. Then, when they were joined by violist Veit Hertenstein, the Schumann Quartet launched an international career, garnering the highest praise for their “dazzling virtuosity” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). For their debut in our series, the quartet has chosen Mozart’s galant A major Quartet and the dark First Quartet by Prokofiev, influenced by Beethoven’s quartets. These will also be represented by the Op. 127 quartet, from Beethoven’s audacious late period.  


Schumann Quartett:
Erik Schumann violin
Ken Schumann violin
Veit Hertenstein viola
Mark Schumann cello
Susanne Stähr Referentin


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet in A major, K. 464

Sergei Prokofiev
String Quartet No. 1 in B minor, op. 50


Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet in E flat major, op. 127

Chamber Music Hall

11 to 28 €


Series T: Quartet


Schumann Quartet

The Schumann Quartet has been acclaimed as one of the most exciting ensembles of its generation; "without ifs and buts,” wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung, “it is one of the best quartets in the world.” The brothers Mark (cello), Erik and Ken Schumann (violins) have been playing together since they were children - a well-rehearsed team that is now completed by violist Veit Hertenstein. "A work only really develops live," the members say, "that's 'the real thing', because we never know what's going to happen beforehand. On stage at the latest, any imitation falls away, and you automatically become honest with yourself. Then you can establish a connection with the audience through the music, and communicate." This openness and willingness to take risks are key factors in the ensemble’s success: "We are keen to take it to the extreme, to try out how far the tension and our shared spontaneity will carry us," says Ken Schumann. The quartet, whose musical partners include Albrecht Mayer, Kit Armstrong, Anna Vinnitskaya and Anna Lucia Richter, not only travels all over Europe - in 2021/22 it was the resident quartet at London's Wigmore Hall, for example - but also regularly visits the USA. The Schumann Quartet is no less successful in the studio. Its second album Mozart, Ives, Verdi received a BBC Music Magazine Award, which was followed by many other honours.