Jonathan Schwarz, violin
Amelie Wallner, violin
Mayu Konoe, viola
Lukas Schwarz, cello
“The Leonkoro Quartet...has an enormous stage presence, glows for the music, takes full risks
and amazes with its empathy for the respective sound of the pieces....”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, January 2022
Leonkoro Quartett, founded in Berlin in 2019, is framed by brothers Jonathan and Lukas Schwarz, first violin and cello respectively, with Amelie Wallner, second violin and Mayu Konoe, viola providing the middle voices. Leonkoro, meaning Lionheart in Esperanto, alludes not coincidentally to Astrid Lindgren's children's book about two brothers. A book that juxtaposes the grave fact of dying with a large and heartfelt portion of consolation - a meaning to which the quartet's music is often dedicated.
Already in the first half of 2022, Leonkoro Quartett was crowned with two first prizes: in May 2022, the ensemble was awarded the 1st prize at the Quatuor à Bordeaux competition. They were able to convince not only the top-class jury, but also the audience, who awarded them the Audience Prize as well as the Young Audience Prize. In April 2022 the four musicians won 1st prize at the International String Quartet Competition of Wigmore Hall London and were also honored with no less than 9 of the 12 special prizes. These included, among others, the prize for the best interpretation of a Haydn String Quartet, the prize for the best performance of a 19th century work, the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme Prize, the Leeds International Concert Series Prize as well as the prize of the Esterházy Foundation.
This was followed at the end of May 2022 by their appointment to the prestigious BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists program, of which the Quartett will be a part from 2022 - 2024. In March 2022, the ensemble was honored with the coveted and highly endowed Jürgen Ponto Foundation Music Prize, which is awarded every two years to an outstanding string quartet.
In the summer of 2021, Leonkoro Quartett got off to a brilliant start on the international stage when they became the youngest ensemble to be awarded 2nd prize (the 1st prize was not awarded) and the coveted Audience Prize at the highly renowned international string quartet competition Premio Paolo Borciani.
In the same year, the ensemble won 1st prize in the Chamber Music Competition of the Alice Samter Foundation and was awarded 2nd prize in the Ton und Erklärung competition of the Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft.
Leonkoro Quartett is fostered intensively by members of the Artemis Quartet at Berlin University of the Arts. The four musicians receive further artistic inspiration from Alfred Brendel, Reinhard Göbel, Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) and Luc-Marie Aguera (Quatuor Ysaye).
In addition to studying chamber music with Heime Müller at Musikhochschule Lübeck, the quartet has been studying with Günter Pichler (Primarius Alban Berg Quartet) at the Chamber Music Institute of the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía Madrid since 2020 with the generous support of Santander Consumer Bank AG.
In the 2021/2022 season, Leonkoro Quartett will play at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the String Quartet Biennale of the Philharmonie de Paris, the String Quartet Festival in Heidelberg and the Rheingau Music Festival, among others.
Leonkoro Quartett is a Pirastro Artist.
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