Dinis Schemann


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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, Frauenkirche in Dresden 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. Together with his wife Susanne and the organizers on the respective sites he created twelve concert series (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 in the south of Germany 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)

  • 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)

  • "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)

  • 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)

Concert Series

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

Over time, twelve 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)

  • Virtuoso perfomance and great applause
    "The climax with the virtuoso performance of the Scherzo in B minor op. 31 [by Chopin] was followed not only by frenetic applause and bravo-shouts, but the artist also spoiled the guests by giving two encores by Chopin, namely the "Revolutionary Etude" and Opus 10 No. 3 as another concert etude, which [...] was met with repeated whispers "beauuutiful!" by the audience and of course once again with great applause." (Mittelbayerische Zeitung)

  • Wonderfully fullfilled time
    "The slow pace of the Adagio movement [Mozart K. 332] fulfilled time wonderfully. The upper voice leading and the very precise phrasing allowed for a sinking into the line and the sound. In contrast to this was the finale (Allegro assai), the brilliance of which opened the sentence in falling cascades while introducing it to the playful, sparkling tone." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

  • Stunningly interpreted
    "Already the first bars of the sonata by W.A. Mozart were great. Not only wonderfully composed by Mozart, but also almost stunningly interpreted by Schemann on this evening!" (Böhme Zeitung)

  • Admirable
    "Dinis Schemann [...] showed on Sunday that he can make even popular ditties sound as if they were something absolutely new. The audience admired him." (Baden Online)

  • Piano art of the highest standard
    "Schemann offered piano art of the highest standard in the almost sold-out Hansesaal ... a grand listening experience ..." (Ruhrnachrichten)

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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