Concert series Violino! String quartet META4 (Finland)

Tuesday 28. 04. 2015 19.00
Tallinn, Estonia Concert Hall

Concert series Violino! String quartet META4 (Finland)

Antti Tikkanen (violin), Minna Pensola (violin)
Atte Kilpeläinen (viola), Tomas Djupsjöbacka (cello)
 

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Saariaho. "Terra Memoria"
Haydn. String Quartet in C Major Op. 20, H.3/32 No. 2
Schumann. String Quartet in A Minor Op. 41, No. 1

 
Meta4, formed in 2001, is one of the internationally most successful Finnish string quartets. In 2004 it won the first prize in the International Shostakovich Quartet Competition in Moscow, and was also awarded a special prize for best Shostakovich interpretation. The quartet enjoyed continued success in 2007, when it won the first prize in the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna. Later that year the Finnish Minister of Culture awarded Meta4 with the annual Finland Prize in recognition of an international breakthrough. Meta4 was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist for 2008–2010 and in 2013 the Fund of Jenny and Antti Wihuri awarded the quartet with a special prize in recognition of its work.

Meta4 performs regularly in key music capitals and concert halls around the world, for example in Vienna (Wiener Konzerthaus), London (Wigmore Hall and King’s Place), Madrid (Auditorio Nacional), Paris (Cité de la Musique) and Stockholm (Stockholms Konserthus). Furthermore, Meta4 served as the Artistic Director of Oulunsalo Music Festival between 2008 and 2011 and is a quartet-in-residence at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival since 2008.

The quartet has studied in the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) under Hatto Beyerle and Johannes Meissl. They have released three recordings on Hänssler Classics: Haydn’s String Quartets op. 55 1–3 (2009), which was awarded with the esteemed Echo Klassik Award 2010, and Shostakovich’s String Quartets 3, 4 & 7 (2012), which received the Record of the Year 2012 award by the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE as well as was awarded with the Emma prize (the Finnish Grammy) in the category of the Classical Album of the Year. The quartet has also released an album of Kaija Saariaho’s chamber music works (Ondine, 2013) and an LP of Sibelius's String Quartet 'Voces Intimae' (Berliner Meister Schallplatten, 2013). The newest album of the quartet, String Quartets 1 & 5 by Béla Bartók (Hänssler Classic) was released in October 2014.

The members of Meta4 play distinguished instruments, which include a Stradivarius, kindly on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, a Carlo Bergonzi violin, kindly on loan from Signe and Ane Gyllenberg's Foundation and a cello made by Lorenzo Storioni in Cremona in 1780.



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