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From August 2022, the members of the string quartet Meta4 will take on an important artistic role at the Jyväskylä Sinfonia for two years.
Minna Pensola and Antti Tikkanen take over the artistic direction of the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.
Felix Mendelssohn, Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, String quartet in E flat major
Felix Mendelssohn, String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
Felix Mendelssohn, Octett in E-flat major Op. 20
Karol Szymanowski Quartett
Antti Tikkanen, violin • Minna Pensola, violin • Atte Kilpeläinen, viola • Tomas Djupsjöbacka, cello
The four Finns approached the Haydn quartet so energetically that the work never sounded stuffy, but rather often very current with its clear, occasionally minimal lines, echo-like passages and short pizzicato notes which seem to appear from nowhere, whilst not losing the classical references to the fugue and its corresponding pathos. Despite the complexity and the moments of controlled frenzy, the interpretation was always so transparent that the details were clearly audible. Hamburger Abendblatt
Meta4, formed in Finland in 2001, is one of the most internationally successful string quartets. The four musicians, who also share a close personal friendship, are united in their musical openness, curiosity, and versatility. Musically, they are characterised by their “breath-taking vitality” (Badische Zeitung) and ”transparent, richly coloured sound” (Rondo), as well as a ”breath of fresh air” and for their “sense of humour" (Süddeutsche Zeitung).
Meta4 are currently receiving wide acclaim for their recording of octets by Mendelssohn and Enescu with the Gringolts Quartet, released by BIS records. The two ensembles often play these works in celebrated octet concerts. The quartet specialises in working with orchestras, leading programmes without conductor from the principal positions, in a kind of “four-wheel drive”. In this role, the Quartet has already worked with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Lahti Symphony and the Orchestre d’Auvergne, amongst others. In recent seasons, the quartet thrilled audience and critics alike with its performances in Kaija Saariaho’s chamber opera Only the Sound Remains at the Finnish National Opera, the Opéra de Paris, the Teatro Real Madrid and the Lincoln Center in New York.
In 2004, Meta4 won the first prize in the International Shostakovich Quartet Competition in Moscow, where they were also awarded a special prize for the best Shostakovich interpretation. In 2007, the Quartet 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. They were selected as a BBC New Generation Artist for 2008‐2010 and took part in the 20th anniversary celebration concert at Wigmore Hall, collaborating for the first time with Khatia Bunitiashvili. In 2013, the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation awarded the quartet with a special prize in recognition of its work. Meta4 also served as artistic director of the Oulunsalo Music Festival between 2008 and 2011, and as quartet-in-residence at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival from 2008 to 2017. Meta4 performs regularly in key music capitals and concert halls around the world including the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Stockholm Konserthus.
Meta4 studied at the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) under Hatto Beyerle and Johannes Meissl. They have released three recordings on Hänssler Classic to date: 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 from the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE and the Emma prize (the Finnish Grammys) for Classical Album of the Year, as well as Béla Bartók’s String Quartets 1 & 5. Meta4 has also released two albums of Kaija Saariaho’s chamber music works (Ondine, 2013) and Sibelius’s String Quartet Voces Intimae on LP (Berliner Meister Schallplatten, 2013). 2019 saw the release of their first album for ECM Records, performing Brahms Clarinet Quintet and Gérard Pesson’s Nebenstück together with Reto Bieri.
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Meta4 perform the world premiere Stringar written by Krishna Nagaraja
META4 plays "Tributes"- String Quartet no.1 by Hyung-ki Joo
Meta4 @ Kuhmo Festival
Storioni Festival - Stersolisten
Meta4, Christoffer Sundqvist,Paavali Jumppanen, Hervé JoulainBIS Records, 2021, 2324
Gringolts Quartet, Meta4BIS Records, 2020, B084DGD8PK
Reto Bieri, Meta4ECM, 2019, 2557
Meta4Ondine, 2016, ODE 1189-2
Hänssler Classic, 2014, 980360000000
Meta4Ondine, 2013, ODE 12222
Meta4Hänssler Classic, 2012, 98644
Meta4Hänssler Classic, 2009, 98587