Erik Schumann, born in Cologne in 1982 as the son of German/Romanian-Japanese parents, has already performed as soloist with many orchestras in Europe, Asia, and the USA. Among them are the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Bamberger Symphoniker, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Sinfonia Varsovia, BBC Philharmonic and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Orchestra Tokyo, and the National Symphony Orchestra Washington D. C. as well as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician Erik Schumann works with partners such as the Tokyo String Quartet, Daniel Müller-Schott, Alisa Weilerstein, Anna Vinnitskaya, Martin Fröst, Nils Mönkemeyer, Danjulo Ishizaka,Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Reto Bieri, Ralp Manno, José Gallardo, Viviane Hagner, Daniel Hope, and Cyprien Katsaris. At the Kronberg Academy he played with Juri Bashmet and Gidon Kremer. He performed a duo recital with Christoph Eschenbach at Ooji Hall, Tokyo.
Together with his siblings Ken and Mark, as well as violist Liisa Randalu, he forms the Schumann String Quartet. His CD, featuring Sergei Prokofiev’s duo sonatas (Henri Sigfridsson, piano), has been highly acclaimed as an outstanding debut by the press. He plays a violin by G.F. Pressenda from 1830 on generous loan from a private sponsor.