Highest intensity, finest differentiations as well as relentless expressiveness, intimacy and vitality distinguish the Signum Quartet. The coherent dramaturgy in the programming is realised with uncompromising perfection and self-evident ease of interpretation. ("enormously clever and knowledgeable programming"- Rondo Magazine)
A welcome guest at the Paris Philharmonie, London's Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Vienna's Konzerthaus, Cologne's Philharmonie, Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie and the BBC Proms, among others, the Signum Quartet regularly performs with partners such as Nils Mönkemeyer, Dominique Horwitz, Jörg Widmann, Daniel Ottensamer, Nicolas Altstaedt and Elisabeth Leonskaja. A Carnegie Hall debut is scheduled for 2023.
The Signum Quartet's discography attests to its stylistic range: In addition to the greats of quartet literature, they have also recorded works by Wolfgang Rihm, Thomas Adès, Jörg Widmann and Kevin Volans. Their recording for ECM of Erkki-Sven Tüür's 2nd string quartet Lost Prayers won the Classical Album of the Year Award at the 2021 Estonian Music Awards.
Following their multi-award winning album "Aus der Ferne" (Diapason D'Or, Opus Klassik), the Signum Quartet continued their Schubert cycle for PENTATONE with "Ins stille Land", deepening their exploration of the fascinating connection between string quartet and Lied. ("Among the best recordings of 'Death and the Maiden,' the Signum Quartet's is one of the standouts."-The Strad).
This trilogy has been followed in 2023 by their latest recording “Lebensmuth”.
In 2015, the quartet launched the innovative social media project #quartweet, inviting composers worldwide - regardless of age or education - to send a short quartet of 140 characters or less via Twitter. The project generated a great deal of media coverage and was presented by Deutschlandfunk, on BBC In Tune and as part of Bayerischer Rundfunk's U-21 programme, among others. Composers who have already contributed works include Brett Dean, Sebastian Currier, Bruno Mantovani and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.
In 2022, the quartet founded the SIGNUM open space, funded by Neustart Kultur, which is designed as a venue for rehearsals, recordings, concerts, workshops and music education as well as interactive exchange with the audience in Bremen. In addition, there are cross-genre projects such as exhibitions, readings, dance and seminars on body awareness, among other things, with renowned lecturers.