The quartet was founded in 2007 in Cologne. It regularly took lessons from members of the Cherubini Quartet. Since 2011 in the class of the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne and additionally studies and master classes with Günter Pichler. Winner of the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and the International String Quartet Competition "Premio Paolo Borciani".
1st prize € 18,000
donated by the Oesterreichische Nationalbank
Erik SCHUMANN, violin (Germany)
Born 1982 in Dornhagen. Beginning of the lessons 1986 at the Suzuki school in Dusseldorf, 1991-1996 with Annemarie Hoymann, 1996-1998 with Christiane Hutcup and 1998-2011 with Zakhar Bron. 1998-2001 studied at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and 2001-2011 at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Diplomas 2009 and 2011. 2003 master classes with Herman Krebbers, 2004/2005 with Miriam Fried and summer 2007 with Pinchas Zukerman. 2001 award winner Thiboud, 2003 2nd prize Shlomo Mintz Competition and 2004 Leonard Bernstein Award. Recordings u. a. at NDR, WDR.
Ayako GOTO, Viola (Japan)
Born in 1982 in Japan. Beginning of lessons July 2000 at Buchholz in Cologne, from 2006 to 2007 with Diemut Poppen. Studied at the University of Music and Dance Cologne. 2010 Concert in Shiga, Japan and 2011 in Tokyo, Japan.
Ken SCHUMANN, violin (Germany)
Born in 1986 Dornhagen near Cologne. He started teaching in 1990 with Robert Schumann in Cologne, 1996-2009 with Zakhar Bron, 2009-2011 with Thomas Brandis and 2011 with the Alban Berg Quartet. 1999-2009 studied at the Musikhochschule Köln, 2009-2011 at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. 2011 Artistic diploma in Lübeck.
Summer 2005 Masterclass with György Pauk, 2010/2011 with Gerhard Schulz and 2010 with Pinchas Zukerman. Culture Prize Pulheim, Sponsorship Prize Rheinischer Sparkassen. Tour through Italy and Japan. Concerts in the Kölner Philharmonie, Tel Aviv, Paris. Recordings at NDR and NHK. In March 2012 performance of the Vivaldi Concerts with the Philharmonie Orchester Köln.
Mark SCHUMANN, Violoncello (Germany)
Born 1988 in Dornhagen. Beginning of lessons with Frans Helmerson in Bonn, 1999-2004 with Emil Klein, 2004-2006 with H. C. Schweitzer and 2006-2009 with Heinrich Schiff. Studied at the MHSK Cologne and University of Vienna. 2007 masterclasses with David Geringas, 2008 with Bernard Greenhouse and 2010 with Gary Hoffmann. European Cultural Award. Tour with the Slovak Philharmonic and others. Recordings on Deutschlandfunk, BR, WDR and MDR.