2022 Edition

- August 7 to 20

Leonkoro

Germany / Netherlands
Year(s) at MISQA
Quartet members

Violin: Jonathan Schwarz

Violin: Amelie Wallner

Viola: Mayu Konoe

Cello: Lukas Schwarz

Biography

Founded in Berlin in 2019, the Leonkoro Quartet was crowned with the 1st prize and nine special awards at the 2022 Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition including the prizes for the best interpretations of quartets by Haydn and Mozart as well as of a 19th century, 20th century and 21st century works.

The quartet also won the 1st prize and the audience prize at the 2022 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition and was honoured with the sought-after and highly endowed Music Prize of the Jürgen-Ponto Foundation, which is awarded every other year to an outstanding string quartet.

In the summer of 2021, the Leonkoro Quartet became the youngest formation to be awarded second prize and the coveted Audience Prize at the highly renowned international string quartet competition Premio Paolo Borciani. In the same year, the ensemble won first prize in the Chamber Music Competition of the Alice-Samter Foundation and was awarded second prize in the Ton und Erklärung competition of the Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft.

The Leonkoro Quartet is coached intensively by members of the Artemis Quartett at the University of the Arts Berlin. The four musicians receive further artistic impulses from Alfred Brendel, Reinhard Göbel, Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) and Luc-Marie Aguera (Quatuor Ysaÿe).

In addition to persuing their Master’s degree in chamber music with Heime Müller at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, the quartet has been studying with Günter Pichler (Primarius Alban Berg Quartett) 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.

The Leonkoro Quartet is a Pirastro Artist and is kindly supported by PE-Förderungen.