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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"The Simply Quartet doesn’t play in front of, but explicitly for their audience, which makes everyone feel spoken to."
…words used by the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” in June 2022, aptly describing one of the Simply Quartet’s many facets which makes them an outstanding quartet.

"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 already 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.

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.

2022 / 2023
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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

2022 / 2023


19:00 Uhr
DE / Bonndorf - Kulturzentrum Schloss Bonndorf
Simply Quartet
17:00 Uhr
AT / Linz - Francisco Carolinum
Simply Quartet
IL / Jerusalem - YMCA Hall
Simply Quartet
IL / Haifa - Haifa Auditorium
Simply Quartet
IL / Tel Aviv - Israel Conservatory of Music
Simply Quartet
19:00 Uhr
DE / Göttingen - Aula der Universität
Simply Quartet
19:30 Uhr
DE / Hannover - Schloß Herrenhausen
Simply Quartet
20:00 Uhr
DE / Weißenhorn - Stadttheater Weißenhorn
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Streaming Konzert @ Wiener Konzerthaus


Linda Uschinski (Department Head)
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