Simone von Rahden (née Jandl) enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral musician and teacher. Born 1983 in Karlsruhe/Germany, she studied viola with Wolfram Christ at the Musikhochschule Freiburg and then continued her studies with Tabea Zimmermann at the Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ Berlin, where she now holds a teaching position.
When she exchanged the violin for the viola, age 9, she soon formed her first string quartet and quickly discovered her love for the communicative role of a middle voice and the complex soundworld of the lower instrument. Thus, chamber music has always played an important part throughout her musical life, lately also guiding her quest into the depth of historical performance practice. In 2018, she came together with four friends to form ‘Spunicunifait’, a group dedicated to the study and performance of the six string quintets of W.A. Mozart on period instruments.
Simone von Rahden has been a member of Lucerne Festival Orchestra 2003-2011, Orchestra Mozart Bologna 2004-2012, the Spira mirabilis project since 2007 and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 2009. She is a regular guest principal with the Dunedin Consort Edinburgh, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and the Dresdner Festspielorchester. In 2016, she was appointed Principal viola in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. As a soloist with orchestra, she has appeared with the Baden-Badener Philharmonie, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Hamburger Camerata, „El Teatre Instrumental“ Barcelona, the English Haydn Orchestra and the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne.
Further to her teaching position at the Hochschule “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, she also joined the music faculty of the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” Rostock in October 2020.