Simply Quartet

String Quartet

Danfeng Shen
Antonia Rankersberger
Xiang Lyu
Ivan Valentin Hollup Roald
"From Chinese philosophy comes the idea of a great entirety in which opposites depend on and complement each other. Based on this idea, we combine complexity and simplicity."
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"[...] they put on such a breathtaking performance that at the end the audience trampled with enthusiasm."
…words used by the Hamburger Abendblatt in February 2023, describing the concert of the Simply Quartet at the Elbphilharmonie, where they were the first string quartet to perform in the series “Fast Lane”.

"From Chinese philosophy comes the idea of a great entirety in which opposites depend on and complement each other. Based on this idea, we combine complexity and simplicity. As four different individuals, together we shape the unity of the string quartet, the royal genre of chamber music."

The Simply Quartet is continuously searching for a deep understanding of the inherent language of music: from the early classical works to modern string quartet literature. They place great emphasis on combining the three contrasting cultures (China, Austria, Norway) upon which they draw their inspiration to develop a musical language of their own; by exploring works from each of their cultures, they deepen their knowledge of different sound worlds.

Originally founded in Shanghai under the auspices of Jensen Horn-Sin Lam, the quartet moved to Vienna to intensively explore the essence and origins of quartet playing – at the Joseph Haydn Institute of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the ensemble studies with Johannes Meissl. In addition, the quartet owes valuable experiences and impulses to its years at the European Chamber Music Academy. The quartet captures further influences in Günter Pichler's class at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid, where it was a member in 2020 and 2021.

The Simply Quartet has been awarded four first prizes at renowned chamber music competitions: At the International Carl Nielsen Competition in Copenhagen & the "Quatuor á Bordeaux" in 2019, the "Franz Schubert and the Music of Modernity" in Graz in 2018 and in 2017 at the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna.

At the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Simply Quartet was part of the Great Talent programme (2020-2022), and in the 2021/2022 season, they were one of the selected ensembles of the ECHO Rising Stars series with debuts at concert halls including BOZAR Brussels, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palau de la Música Catalana, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg or the Luxembourg & Paris Philharmonies.

This season, in addition to concerts at (a.o.) the Wigmore Hall London, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Alte Oper Frankfurt or the Tonhalle Zurich, several festival concerts are on the agenda, e.g. at the Rheingau Music Festival, the Festival International de Quatuors à Cordes du Luberon, the String Quartet Biennale In Amsterdam and the Beethovenfest Bonn.

Primarius Danfeng Shen plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini from 1753, which is at his disposal thanks to a generous loan from MERITO String Instruments Trust GmbH. Antonia Rankersberger plays a violin by Camillo Camilli from 1736 (Mantua), made available to her by the Austrian National Bank.

2023 / 2024
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Contacts: Linda Uschinski, Ellen Bäuerle



2024 / 2025

You’ll find the current programmes in the IMPRESARIUM of the 24/25 season

2023 / 2024
Program I
Autumn 2023

Haydn: String Quartet in G major, Op. 77 No. 1, Hob. III: 81

Webern: Five Movements for String Quartet, Op. 5


Schumann: String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1

Program II
Spring 2024

Webern: Slow movement

Bartók: String Quartet No. 4, Sz 91

or Larcher: String Quartet No. 4 “lucid dreams”


Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American”

String Quartet & Viola
Simply Quartet & Diyang Mei
Autumn 2023

Haydn: String Quartet in G major, Op. 77 No.1, Hob. III: 81

Hindemith: Sonata for Viola solo, Op. 25 Nr. 1

or Bach: Chaconne from the Partita No. 2, BWV 1004


Brahms: String Quintet in G major, Op. 111


19:30 h
Masquerade Hall
Český Krumlov, Czechia
20:00 h
16:00 h
Kirche St. Katharina
Oberdürnbach, Austria
20:00 h
Westport House
Mayo, F28 TY45, Ireland
Simply Quartet, Leon McCawley
11:30 h
Westport House
Mayo, F28 TY45, Ireland
Simply Quartet, Nicholas Daniel
15:30 h
Simply Quarte, José Franch-Ballester
19:30 h
Festsaal im Park Schönbusch
Aschaffenburg, Germany
19:30 h
Erl, Austria
Simply Quartet, Andreas Martin Hofmeir & Andreas Mildner, Diatonische Expeditionen, Dandelion Quintett, Nikola Hillebrand, Musicbanda Franui
19:30 h
Simply Quartet, Musicbanda Franui, Tobias Moretti, Die Strottern, Die Erlkings
11:00 h
Erl, Austria
Simply Quartet, BartolomeyBittmann, Wiltener Sängerknaben
19:00 h
Schloss, Andachtssal
Winnenden, Germany
19:00 h
Basílica dos Congregados
Braga, Portugal
15:00 h
19:00 h
Hof Fleckenbühl
Cölbe, Germany
18:00 h
Neues Schloss, Rittersaal
Tettnang, Germany
19:30 h
Simply Quartet, Vivi Vassileva, Frank Dupree
17:00 h
Francisco Carolinum
Linz, Austria
20:00 h
Leonkoro Quartet, Simply Quartet
19:00 h
Potsdam, Germany
Simply Quartet, Dominik Wagner
19:30 h
Lappersdorf, Germany
Simply Quartet, Dominik Wagner
20:15 h
Concertgebouw (Kleine Zaal)
Amsterdam, Netherlands


Streaming Konzert @ Wiener Konzerthaus


Linda Uschinski
Head of String Quartet Department
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 717
Ellen Bäuerle
Senior Artist Coordinator
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 712