To follow one’s own path unburdened by pre-defined standards. One that transcends barriers and pushes all boundaries – that is the motto of the Chaos String Quartet. Founded on the principles of the rich interdisciplinary concept of “Chaos”, the ensemble’s members Susanne Schäffer, Eszter Kruchió, Sara Marzadori and Bas Jongen share the firm conviction to overcome shallow, superficial aesthetics by the willingness to explore extremes, to take risks and to welcome the unpredictable. The Quartet embraces Chaos as the primal form of all creativity through which science, art and philosophy unite to become one Gesamtkunstwerk. Despite its relatively short existence, the Chaos String Quartet has already proved themselves as one of the more exciting, independent and innovative ensembles in tomorrow’s music scene.
The group is currently mentored by Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet) in Vienna and received additional musical training from artists such as Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet), Clive Brown, Patrick Jüdt, Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet), Asdis Valdimarsdottír (Chilingirian Quartet), Dirk Mommertz (Fauré Quartet), and others. In 2019, the quartet was selected for the prestigious ECMAster (European Chamber Music Master) Programme: an intensive two-year joint study programme with exchange semesters in Vienna, Oslo, and Paris, enabling the group to further master their artistic, technical and social skills as a string quartet.
For the season 2019/2020, the Chaos String Quartet can be heard on concert stages in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Spain and Japan.
The Quartet was recently selected as one of the 10 quartets -out of a pool of 126 applications from 28 countries- to compete in the upcoming prestigious 10th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition scheduled to take place in May 2020.