“A refined fire, glowing, perfectly formed.” – DER SPIEGEL

Florian Donderer, violin
Annette Walther, violin
Xandi van Dijk, viola
Thomas Schmitz, violoncello

Energetic and lively, the Signum Quartet has made its mark on the international quartet scene and has been called “an exhilarating cocktail” (der Spiegel). It has enjoyed support from Bayer Kultur as part of its stART cultural programme and as ensemble of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme. The quartet has performed throughout their native Germany, at Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as venues across Finland, Norway, Switzerland and France. It has toured extensivly in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America, and has appeared at numerous iternational festivals. The Signum Quartet has been lauded at the German Music Competition, Premio Paolo Borciani, ICMC Hamburg and the London International String Quartet Competition.

Posted: Nov-13-2017
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The Signum Quartet's premiere of Kevin Volans' 12th Quartet in Birmingham has come in 4th on Andrew Clements' Top 10 of 2016 in The Guardian.

Posted: Dec-8-2016
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‘The Bohemians [were] the most musical among all the nations,
indeed perhaps in the whole of Europe’.
Charles Burney, 1773

Short after the most successful album “sound escapes” (Capriccio C5239), the young and aspiring Signum Quartet take care of the Bohemian Music Culture. Beside the famous String Quartet Op. 106 by Antonín Dvoƙák (‘I am very satisfied with everything I have accomplished in this quartet.’) and the Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale ‘St. Wenceslaus’, full of impressions of the beginning of the 1st World War, by Josef Suk, are finally the 1923 composed Five Pieces for String Quartet by Erwin Schulhoff, which all experiment with dance forms, a very virtuosity challenge. ‘Music is never philosophy’ (Erwin Schulhoff). The succinct statement conceals what was capable of so lastingly impressing Charles Burney already in his time: direct, if possible, spontaneous expression in music.

Posted: Dec-1-2015
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"The Signum Quartet played both works superbly, drawing every nuance out of the music with great finesse and boldness"

— Worthing Herald
Posted: Feb-6-2018
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Posted: Apr-19-2016