Simply Quartet and viola player Diyang Mei
Diyang Mei and the Simply Quartet

Photo: Hao Wu, Simon Buchou

The Simply Quartet and viola player Diyang Mei

The winners of the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in 2019 visit the Queen's Hall.

Programme

Konstantia Gourzi (1962-): Evening at the Window for viola solo

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847): String Quartet in E flat major, H.277

 

Intermission

 

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111.

As four individuals with very different cultural backgrounds – and with the contrasts this implies – the Simply Quartet creates a unique and exciting musical unit.

Award-winning quartet with the leader of the Berliner Philharmonic

The quartet places great emphasis on combining music from their three different nationalities (China, Austria and Norway) and on developing their own musical language. The Simply Quartet is also known by the house, as in 2019 they won first prize in the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in The Black Diamond.

This evening, the quartet has invited viola player Diyang Mei on stage. Diyang Mei is currently leader of the viola group in the Berlin Philharmonic and, like the Simply Quartet, has won many awards, including the prestigious ARD in Munich in 2018.

Work inspired by Marc Chagall

The evening's programme consists of the living Greek composer Konstantia Gourzi's solo piece for viola, Evening at the Window, which is inspired by Marc Chagall's painting of the same name from 1950. Gourzi drew her inspiration for the work from the objects of the painting, including the moon, the rooster and the chimney, which are portrayed musically in the work.

Additionally, Simply and Diyang will play Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel's only known String Quartet and Johannes Brahms String Quintet No. 2.

Participants

Diyang Mei, viola

Simply Quartet:

Danfeng Shen, violin

Antonia Rankersberger, violin

Xiang Lyu, viola

Ivan Valentin Hollup Roald, cello

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