Mark Schumann, born in 1988 near Cologne, Germany, received his first cello lessons at age four. His teachers were Alwin Bauer, Hans-Christian Schweiker, Emil Klein, Heinrich Schiff and Frans Helmerson. Master classes with David Geringas, Gary Hoffman, Steven Isserlis and Bernard Greenhouse broadened his artistic expression.
Radio recordings for WDR, BR, MDR and NHK Japan document his musical development. Numerous concerts with renowned orchestras such as the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra and the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra have led him to major concert halls such as the Tonhalle Dusseldorf, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, the Berliner Kammerphilharmonie, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Die Glocke in Bremen, the Hamburg Laeiszhalle , the Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama, the Victoria Hall in Geneva and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
Mark Schumann is winner of numerous solo and chamber music competitions and was awarded the European Culture Award, the MKK Scholarship and the Special Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Chamber music projects has brought him together with many artists, including Vilde Frang, Gidon Kremer, Albrecht Mayer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Sabine Meyer, David Orlovsky, Christoph Eschenbach and Nicolas Altstaedt, who currently acts as his mentor.
Together with his brothers Erik and Ken and violist Liisa Randalu he formed the Schumann quartet, which, among others, won first prize at the international string quartet competition in Bordeaux in 2013. The quartet is Artist in Residence at the Robert Schumann Hall Dusseldorf. In addition to two CD releases of the Schumann Quartet, a recording of Mark and Erik Schumann featuring the violin and double concertos by Johannes Brahms was released in 2015.
Photography: Irène Zandel
The Artist's Homepage: http://markschumann.de
Encore Pieces by Paganini, Davidoff, Haydn, Kreisler, Rubinstein, Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Sarasate, Popper, Chopin & Fauré
Mark Schumann, Cello - Martin Klett, Piano