Dinis Schemann
piano

Biography

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Dinis Schemann was born in the university town of Coimbra in Portugal and spent his childhood alternately in Lisbon and near Porto on the family estate. It was there where he started to play the piano already as a four-year-old. When he was 10 years old, the family moved to Germany.

As a teenager, Dinis Schemann studied with Prof. Günter Louegk, later with Prof. Alfons Kontarsky and Prof. Eckart Besch. He is thus in the tradition of the pianists Eduard Erdmann and Walter Gieseking.

Already at the age of 12, Dinis Schemann gave his first complete piano recital as a soloist. This concert was the starting signal for his career as a soloist and chamber musician; a career that today spans well over 1000 concerts.

He has been invited to many international music centers and festivals (Berliner Philharmonie, Rudolfinum Prague, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and many more).

His musical oeuvre is documented by recordings, which include coproductions with Bayerischer Rundfunk, Südwestrundfunk or Deutschlandradio.

He and his wife Susanne share a long-term musical collaboration as a piano duo.

Dinis Schemann also works as artistic director of several very successful concert series all over Germany. Approximately 2,500 subscribers attend seven concert series that he created together with his wife Susanne and the organizers on the respective sites (see rubric "Concert Series").

He has accepted invitations to competitions only once, as a juror of the International ARD Competition in the piano duo division.

Dinis Schemann lives with his wife Susanne near Munich and travels from there to various countries and cultures to perform at classical festivals and concert series.

  • "An unforgettable concert experience. Several rounds of applause and a first encore ..."
    (Boehme Zeitung, 2018)

  • Fantastic concert in the Blüthner factory
    "Whether energetic forte or a whispered pianissimo - and the many nuances in between - masterful and precise was the recital; by no means a matter of routine, but interpreted passionately and sometimes even playfully."
    (Leipziger Volkszeitung 2018)

  • "In Kamp, Dinis Schemann did once again justice to his reputation as a master pianist in the tradition of Eduard Erdmann and Walter Gieseking. [...] And that is exactly what Dinis Schemann did: play and open the hearts of the listeners. [...] Schemann mastered the balancing act between the greatest emotional tension and a brisk controlled pace with a convincing sovereignty."
    (Rheinische Post 2017)

  • Every single tone captivating
    "This created a sound that showed no distance between the pianist and the work, but instead accepted him as an actor in the middle of the action. This immediacy of the play, ultimately tied to every tone, captivated the audience to the highest degree. [...] In the end, Dinis Schemann was frenetically celebrated by the audience, probably particularly due to the plasticity of the musical experience. He thanked with two contrasting Chopin etudes as encores."
    (Süddeutsche Zeitung 2016)

Concert Series

Together with his wife Susanne, Dinis Schemann is the artistic director of several very successful concert series throughout Germany.

Over time, seven concert series have been created which are currently under the artistic direction of Susanne and Dinis Schemann.

The fruitful cooperation with the organizers on the respective sites makes every concert series a unique gem. Each series is separately arranged and shaped by the local organizational director.

Each series is separately arranged and shaped by the local organizational director.

Over the years, the cooperation has led to close and sometimes even friendly relations.

With a total of about 2,500 subscribers, the concert series represents a great success story for chamber music.

  • "Anyone who is invited here [as an artist] has national and international references and is able to captivate the audience with passion, humor or creativity."
    (Baden Online)

  • "There are consistently internationally renowned artists who come here to give guest performances. [...] Every concert is meant to be equally inspiring and touching for connoisseurs and amateurs alike."
    (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

  • "Dinis Schemann arranges the evenings of the Oberrhein concerts with cleverness, passion, flair and an infallible sense of balance - and their popularity among the audience members speaks for itself. On Saturday, the pianist himself performed once again in the Oberrheinhalle, and it showed that all the above qualities also characterize him as an interpreter."
    (Badische Zeitung)

  • "Chamber music at a high level: a cultural constant in Borken thanks to the Schemann Duo."
    (Borkener Zeitung)

  • "Well over 1,500 subscribers to chamber music in the Brucker district – that is a number that is likely to make even old-established concert agencies in German capitals pale with envy."
    (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

  • "Part of the success of the three concert series in the region (...) is surely that the two pianists also experience the stage situation as artists."
    (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

  • Gripping unity
    "What Dinis Schemann presented on the grand piano at his solo concert exceeded all expectations [...] The composition (Schubert Sonata c minor D 958) and the great execution by Schemann merged into a moving unity. The audience was swept away and celebrated the pianist after this first brilliant performance."
    (Boehme Zeitung, 2018)

  • Fantastic concert in the Blüthner factory
    "Whether energetic forte or a whispered pianissimo - and the many nuances in between - masterful and precise was the recital; by no means a matter of routine, but interpreted passionately and sometimes even playfully."
    (Leipziger Volkszeitung 2018)

  • Precisely put
    "The dynamic details in the allegro first movement of the Beethoven Sonata are executed carefully and interpreted convincingly in the sense of a formal structuring of the compositional material. The warm timbred chords of the middle movement (Andante con moto) are precisely put and thus open up a wonderfully colorful sound spectrum. Presence in the playing characterizes the fast final movement, resulting in a high transparency of the sound impression."
    (Süddeutsche Zeitung 2017)

  • Great piano evening
    "After the break followed the big, the mighty "Appassionata". Despite the popularity, it is a technically very difficult and sophisticated piece which requires an incredible precision especially in the strong emotional moments. Here, Schemann proved to be a master of powerful feelings, which he skillfully restrained or gave free rein - just like the music demanded. He gave the eruptive character of this sonata an energetic note, reveled in bold and gripping contrasts, heightened the dramaturgical suspense to mighty sound peaks. Despite everything, Dinis Schemann retains the overview, remains master of the situation, cleverly controls the ecstasy - until the mighty finale As an encore for the rightfully enthusiastic audience, there were two études by Frédéric Chopin. Then, this great piano recital was over."
    (Kultkomplott 2016)

Recent Recordings

Ludwig van Beethoven:

Sonata No. 23 ("Appassionata") in F minor, Op. 57
- Allegro assai
- Andante con moto
- Allegro ma non troppo - Presto

Franz Schubert:

Four Impromptus, D. 899, Op. 90
- Impromptu in C Minor Op. 90/1, Allegro molto moderato
- Impromptu in E-flat major Op. 90/2, Allegro
- Impromptu in G-flat major Op. 90/3, Andante
- Impromptu in A-flat major Op. 90/4, Allegretto

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