News

12/10
2015
Tour in Australia

Meta4 has been appointed the soloist of ACO Collective on its vast tour in Australia in September 2016. ACO Collective is the ACO's critically acclaimed string ensemble, which delivers the ACO's regional touring and education programs Australia-wide - and hey, this totally sounds like us!

 

The concert locations can be found at our calendar, and for further info, please have a look at ACO's website www.aco.com.au


Calendar

25/01
2017
Bonn, Germany

Beethoven-Haus Bonn


20/02
2017
Antwerp, Belgium

Inspiratum Series


25/02
2017
Naantali, Finland

Naantali Music Festival's Winter Concert


12/04
2017
Helsinki

Finnish National Opera and Ballet


15/04
2017
Helsinki

Finnish National Opera and Ballet


22/04
2017
Helsinki

Finnish National Opera and Ballet


25/04
2017
Tampere, Finland

Tampere Hall


27/04
2017
Helsinki

Finnish National Opera and Ballet


29/04
2017
Helsinki

Finnish National Opera and Ballet


13/11
2016
Coesfeld, Germany

Konzert Theater Coesfeld


06/11
2016
Kauniainen, Finland

Kauniainen Music Festival


04/11
2016
Vihti, Finland

Vihti Church


03/11
2016
Oulainen, Finland

Oulainen Music Week


31/10
2016
Kauniainen, Finland

Kauniainen Music Festival


29/10
2016
Stockholm, Sweden

Stocholm's Concert Hall


27/10
2016
Hamburg, Germany

Elbphilharmonie, Laeiszhalle


26/10
2016
Kangasala, Finland

Kangasala Arts Centre


25/09
2016
Espoo, Finland

Sello Hall


16/09
2016
Taree, Australia

Manning Entertainment Centre

ACO Collective tour


14/09
2016
Tamworth, Australia

Capitol Theatre

ACO Collective tour


11/09
2016
Dubbo, Australia

Dubbo Regional Theatre

ACO Collective tour


09/09
2016
Penrith, Australia

Q Theatre, JSPAC

ACO Collective tour


06/09
2016
Griffith, Australia

Griffith Regional Theatre

ACO Collective tour


03/09
2016
Wagga Wagga, Australia

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

ACO Collective tour


02/09
2016
Albury, Australia

Albury Entertainment Centre

ACO Collective tour


13/07
2016
Kuhmo, Finland

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival 13.-18.7.


11/07
2016
Kimito

Kimito Music Festival 11.-12.7.


08/07
2016
Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Germany

Concerts on 8th and 9th July


14/05
2016
Vienna, Austria

Wiener Konzerthaus


17/03
2016
Stuttgart, Germany

Liederhalle


16/03
2016
Bonn, Germany

Kanzlerbungalow Beethoven Orchester Bonn


13/03
2016
Ludwigshafen, Germany

BASF-Gesellschaftshaus


06/03
2016
Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel Conservatory of Music


05/03
2016
Haifa, Israel

Rappaport Auditorium


03/03
2016
Jerusalem, Israel

YMCA Auditorium


29/02
2016
Helsinki

With clarinetist Reto Bieri @ Ekberg Extra


24/02
2016
Iisalmi

Iisalmi Culture Center


31/01
2016
Helsinki

With Finnish Baroque Orchestra @ Helsinki Music Centre


30/01
2016
Porvoo, Finland

With Finnish Baroque Orchestra @ Porvoo Event Factory


24/01
2016
London, UK

Wigmore Hall


20/01
2016
Lörrach, Germany

Burghof


17/01
2016
Vihti, Finland

The Church of Vihti, at 19:00


11/01
2016
Bologna, Italy

Musica Insieme


16/12
2015
Sabbatical Leave

Meta4 is on sabbatical leave until the end of 2015. You're welcome to join our concerts again in 2016!


10/05
2015
Grafenegg, Austria

Schloss Grafenegg


03/05
2015
Kangasala, Finland

Kangasala-talo


28/04
2015
Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia Concert Hall


19/04
2015
Zorneding, Germany

Kulturverein Zorneding-Baldham


18/04
2015
Wasserburg, Germany

Wasserburger Rathauskonzerte


06/04
2015
London, UK

Wigmore Hall


04/04
2015
Helsinki

Astoria-sali


05/03
2015
London, UK

LSO St Luke's


31/01
2015
Bonn, Germany

Beethoven-Haus Bonn


29/01
2015
Dusseldorf, Germany

Tonhalle


25/01
2015
Baden-Baden, Germany

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden


23/01
2015
Dortmund, Germany

Konzerthaus Dortmund


20/01
2015
Berlin, Germany

Konzerthaus Berlin


19/01
2015
Neumarkt, Germany

Neumarkter Konzertfreunde


18/01
2015
Boswil, Switzerland

Stiftung Künstlerhaus Boswil


16/01
2015
Gauting, Germany

Theaterforum Gauting


30/11
2014
Rottenburg, Germany

Rottenburger Konzerte


29/11
2014
Icking, Germany

Rilke Konzertsaal Icking


28/11
2014
Steinfurt, Germany

Il Bagno - Konzertgalerie Steinfurt


27/11
2014
Frankfurt, Germany

Villa Bonn


26/11
2014
Grünwald, Germany

Grünwalder Konzerte


23/11
2014
Espoo

Sellosali


17/11
2014
Klasariklubi, Helsinki

We Got Beef


07/11
2014
Turku

Turku Philharmonic Orchestra


06/11
2014
Svenska dagens fest concert, Turku

Turku Concert Hall


12/10
2014
Raahe

Brahe Classica


08/10
2014
Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä Sinfonia


24/09
2014
London, the UK

Kings Place


22/08
2014
Helsinki

Helsinki Festival, 22nd - 24th August


13/07
2014
Kuhmo

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival 13th - 26th July


04/07
2014
Pyhäniemen kartano

Pyhäniemi 2014 Concerts


02/07
2014
Hämeenlinna

Hauho Music Festival


10/06
2014
Neumarkt, Germany

Neumarkter Konzertfreunde


13/05
2014
Madrid, Spain

Auditorio Nacional de Música


08/05
2014
Helsinki

G18


07/04
2014
Vienna, Austria

Wiener Konzerthaus


28/03
2014
Dijon, France

Opera de Dijon


19/03
2014
Helsinki

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra


28/01
2014
Munich, Germany

Herkulessaal


27/01
2014
Polling, Germany

Bibliotheksaal


24/01
2014
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberger Frühling Musikfestival


18/01
2014
Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Storioni Festival


14/12
2013
Antwerpen, Belgium

deSingel internationale Kunstkampus


23/11
2013
Stockholm

Konserthuset


22/11
2013
Köping, Sweden


21/11
2013
Trosa, Sweden


17/11
2013
Lux Musicae

Siuntio Church


13/11
2013
Tampere, Finland

Tampere Hall


02/11
2013
Potsdam, Germany

Nikolaisaal


11/08
2013
Semmering, Austria

International Sommerakademie


09/08
2013
Turku Music Festival

www.tmj.fi


03/08
2013
Kuressaare, Estonia

Kuressaare Chamber Music Days


30/07
2013
Hamburg, Germany

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival


19/07
2013
Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival 19th-27th July

www.kuhmofestival.fi


17/07
2013
Neuburg, Germany

AUDI Sommerkonzerte


15/07
2013
Hanko Music Festival

Hanko Church


17/05
2013
Helsinki, Astoria banquet

www.astoriasali.com


18/04
2013
Paris, France

Cité de la Musique at 20:00


14/04
2013
Helsinki Music Centre

Jousikvartetot Musiikkitalossa -series at 18:00


13/04
2013
Vihti, Finland

The Church of Vihti at 16:00


12/04
2013
Janakkala, Finland

Pyhän Laurin kirkko at 18:00


11/03
2013
Klasariklubi, Helsinki

Bar Dubrovnik at 21:00


02/12
2012
Baden-Baden, Germany

Festspielhaus


29/11
2012
Madrid, Spain

Auditorio Nacional


27/11
2012
Gent, Belgium

Handelbeurs Concertzaal


17/11
2012
Oulaisten Musiikkiviikot

www.musiikkiviikot.fi

 


07/10
2012
Espoo, Sellosali

15/07
2012
Kuhmon Kamarimusiikki 15.-24.7.

www.kuhmofestival.fi


12/07
2012
Pyhäniemi 2012

Pyhäniemen kartano klo 19


04/07
2012
Sysmän Suvisoitto

Teatteritalo klo 19

 

 


05/06
2012
Salzburg

Wiener Saal


04/06
2012
Wien, Konzerthaus

Mozart Saal

Meta4 & Khatia Buniatishvili, piano


31/05
2012

29/05
2012
Madrid, Auditorio Nacional

Opus Ultimum XVI


21/05
2012

26/04
2012
26.-29.4. Osnabrück, Germany

06/04
2012
Hetta 6.-8.4.

Hetan Musiikkipäivät


30/03
2012
Antwerp

deSingel


29/03
2012
Music Center, Helsinki

Spohr: Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra

 

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

dir. John Storgårds


28/03
2012
Music Center, Helsinki

Spohr: Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra

 

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

dir. John Storgårds


15/03
2012
UK Tour 15.3.-22.3.

15.3. Chichester

17.3. Haslemere

18.3. Reading

19.3. London, Wigmore Hall 

21.3. Kendal

22.3. Hartlepool


18/02
2012
Stockholm Konserthuset

Grünewaldsalen


04/02
2012
Kaustisen Kamarimusiikkiviikko

Kaustinen-sali


29/01
2012
Essen Philharmonie

Alfried Krupp Saal


15/01
2012
Coesfeld

Theater Coesfeld


12/01
2012
Berlin Konzerthaus

Kleiner Saal


09/01
2012
Klasariklubi @ Dubrovnik, Helsinki

16/12
2011
Meta4 10 vuotta!

Musiikkitalo, suuri sali

Klo 19

Liput 0 €


10/12
2011
Annin päivän konsertti

Klo 16

Niuhalan vanha kansakoulu

Kirkkoniementie 4

VIHTI kk


24/10
2011
FESTIVAL DE QUATUORS À CORDES EN PAYS DE FAYENCE

21.00  Église de Mons

 

 


06/08
2011
Oulunsalo Soi 6.-10.8.

www.oulunsalosoi.fi


23/07
2011
Crusell Music Festival 23.-28.7.

www.crusell.fi


11/07
2011
Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival 11.-21.7.

www.kuhmofestival.fi


07/07
2011
Sysmä Summer Sounds

Luhanka Church 19.00

Meta4 10 Years!


15/06
2011
Auditorio Nacional, Madrid

Liceo de Cámara

Sala de Cámara @19.30


22/04
2011
Hetan Musiikkipäivät

Hetan Musiikkipäivät 22.-25.4.


20/04
2011
Tornio

 

 


19/04
2011
Oulunsalo Soi-ohjelmanjulkistuskonsertti

Klo 19

Vanha Pappila

Asemakatu 6, Oulu


20/03
2011
Meta4 on Tour

Achern 20.3.

Heidelberg 22.3. 

Neuss 24.3 

Viersen 25.3. 

Bordeaux 26.3. 

Paderborn 27.3.

Gent 30.3.

Nottingham 2.4.

 


18/03
2011
Kuhmo

Ihminen ja Kosmos -tapahtuma 18.-19.3.


19/02
2011
Joensuu

Talvimusiikki-festival


17/02
2011
Klasariklubi

Dubrovnik, Helsinki


13/02
2011
Hampuri

Rantakala-festival

St. Pauli-church @ 20.00 


CV

Meta4

 

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 Wiener Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall and King’s Place in London, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Cité de la Musique in Paris and Stockholms Konserthus, and has recently also toured in Australia. 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; 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 the Emma prize (the Finnish Grammy) in the category of the Classical Album of the Year; and Bartók’s String Quartets 1 & 5, released in October 2014. 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 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.

 

©Meta4 2016

Antti Tikkanen

 

Antti Tikkanen is a versatile musician whose dynamic career spans solo, chamber as well as baroque performance. The wide range of repertoire from early baroque to contemporary music reflect the scope of his talent.

 

Antti was born in Oulainen, Finland and began to study the violin at the age of seven. His first teacher at the Jokilaakso Music Institute was Tomasz Orzech. From there on he studied in the Kuhmo Violin School with Professor Zinaida Gilels, at the Sibelius Academy with Lajos Garam, Mi-Kyung Lee and Kreeta-Maria Kentala and for a short period he also studied in the Lyon CNSM with Pavel Vernikov.

 

Antti Tikkanen has performed with numerous Finnish orchestras, including the Finnish Radio Symphony, Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Helsinki Philharmonic.

Tikkanen has performed extensively around the world’s music festivals as a chamber musician, soloist or a member of an ensemble. Antti is also a member of the internationally well-known Finnish String Quartet Meta4.

 

Antti Tikkanen plays a Stradivarius violin ”ex Berglund” kindly on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

 

www.anttitikkanen.fi

Minna Pensola

 

Minna Pensola performes extensively as a chamber musician and soloist collaborating with conductors such as Sakari Oramo, Olari Elts, Eva Ollikainen and John Storgårds.
She is a founding member of the most internationally successful Finnish string quartet Meta4 which is the first prize winner of the Dimitri Shostakovich String Quartet Competition (Moscow 2004) and the Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition (Vienna 2007). Meta4 performs regularly in key music capitals and concert halls around the world. Minna Pensola is a co-founder of The Punavuori Chamber Music Society, and runs a club for classical music in her home town Helsinki since 2008. She teaches violin at the Sibelius Academy and has also acted as an artistic director of the Sysmä Summer Sounds Festival in Finland during years 2006-2012.

Pensola has studied at the Sibelius Academy, Musikhochschule Zürich and European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) and enjoyed valuable guidance of Kaija Saarikettu, Ana Chumachenko, Hatto Beyrle and Josef Rissin.
 
Minna Pensola plays the Carlo Bergonzi violin (1732) kindly on loan from Signe ja Ane Gyllenberg Foundation. In her free time she looks and cleans after her two small daughters who’s impeccable logic keeps her in constant marvelling.

 

www.minnapensola.fi

Atte Kilpeläinen

 

Atte Kilpeläinen's music studies culminated in degrees from Cologne University of Music and Sibelius Academy.

 

Since 2005 he has held the position of principal viola in the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. As a guest leader he has worked in orchestras like Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Stockholm and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

 

As a soloist he has performed with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Cologne Chamber Orchestra and City Orchestras of Kuopio and Oulu.

 

He has been a member of Meta4 string quartet since 2006. In 2007 Meta4 won 1st prize in International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna. Their three recordings for Hänssler Classics (Haydn op. 55, Shostakovich 3,4,7 and Bartok 1,5) have earned critical acclaim. Meta4 has also recorded music by Kaija Saariaho for Ondine and music by Jean Sibelius for Berliner Meisterschallplatten. Since 2008 Meta4 has been the quartet in residence of Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.

 

Since 2012 Atte Kilpeläinen has been a part of faculty in Sibelius Academy. He has also given master classes in Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.

Tomas Djupsjöbacka

Tomas Djupsjöbacka started his musical training at the age of three in the Western Helsinki Music Institute. In 1997 he enrolled in the Sibelius Academy where he studied with Prof. Martti Rousi, Marko Ylönen, and Ralf Gothóni (chamber music). He also spent two years in Conservatoire de Lausanne studying with Patrick Demenga and received his Soloist Diploma with honors of the jury in 2003.

 

Since winning the second prize in the National Cello Competition held in Turku in 1998, Tomas Djupsjöbacka has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Finland as well as abroad. As a chamber musician Djupsjöbacka has performed at most of the Finnish music festivals.

 

Djupsjöbacka is a member of the string quartet Meta4, which has won international competitions in Moscow and Vienna and performs regularly in Europe and elsewhere. The ensemble is a quartet-in-residence at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival since 2009, was the artistic director of the Oulunsalo Music Festival 2008-2011 as well as the BBC Young Generation Artist in 2008-2010. Meta4 has released three albums with music by Haydn, Shostakovich and Kaija Saariaho, two of which have received international acclaim (e.g. Echo Prize 2010).

Djupsjöbacka is also a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He is currently studing conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he also teaches chamber music. Djupjsöbacka’s instrument is a rare Lorenzo Storioni cello made in 1780 in Cremona.

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What more, Meta4?

 

Do you ever wonder what else the members of Meta4 are doing when they are not having concerts with the quartet?

The artists of this energetic group are active in several projects, check here where and when you can catch a glimpse of Meta4!

Antti Tikkanen

 

Antti's virtuosic violinissimo leads him to be a soloist of a symphony orchestra during one week and during another to Kempten Festival to perform as a chamber musician - or even to Shanghai to give a master class. In addition, Antti has founded together with Minna an association called Punavuoren kamarimusiikkiyhdistys (a.k.a. PuKama), the mission of which is to offer monthly high-quality chamber music concerts in Helsinki. Antti and Minna also form together an energetic duo called Tiksola Duo, which at times expands to a chamber music ensemble called Tiksola Co.

 

Keep track of Antti's projects by following the websites:

www.anttitikkanen.fi

PuKama

Minna Pensola

 

Minna's energy seems to have no limits! You can see this vivacious violinist equally well as a soloist of an orchestra as well as featuring on a gig of a pop band. Together with Antti, Minna has also founded in an association called Punavuoren kamarimusiikkiyhdistys (a.k.a. PuKama), the mission of which is to offer monthly high-quality chamber music concerts in Helsinki. Furthermore, Minna is a founder and the artistic director of Klasariklubi, which combines classical music and the laid-back atmosphere of a club. On top of this, Minna and Antti form together an energetic duo called Tiksola Duo, which at times expands to a chamber music ensemble called Tiksola Co.

 

Stay tuned to Minna's frequency by following the websites:

www.minnapensola.fi

PuKama

Klasariklubi

Atte Kilpeläinen

 

Atte is the gift of violism not only to Meta4 but also to the rest of Helsinki's musical life. Besides being a section leader of Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra's (HPO) violas, Atte also organizes cross-artistic concerts in an association called Hämmentämö, which is active in his home town Vihti. The latest project of Atte, however, is a duo called Hauras (Fragile), in which the voice is beautifully accompanied by the guitar in songs rising from the Finnish melancholic soul. On top of this, since the spring 2013 Atte holds the position of the president of the Finnish Viola Society.

 

Keep a record of Atte's projects by following the websites:

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO)

Hämmentämö

Hauras

Finnish Viola Society

Tomas Djupsjöbacka

 

The airplane seems to be the second home for Tomas: this cellist travelling with his instrument can be seen on tour not only with Meta4 but also with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) or also with Camerata Bern. While taking a breather in Helsinki, Tomas concentrates on practicing as well as on his cello students at Sibelius Academy.

 

Stay on board with Tomas by following the websites:

COE

Camerata Bern

Sibelius Academy

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Discography

 

    Kaija Saariaho: Chamber Works

   for Strings Vol. 2

      Label:  Ondine
      Composer:  Kaija Saariaho

 

 

 

 

       Bartók: String Quartets

   No. 1 & 5

      Label:  Hänssler Classic
      Composer:  Béla Bartók

 

 

 

        Sibelius: String Quartet in

   D Minor Op. 56 'Voces Intimae'

      Label:  Berliner Meister Schallplatten
      Composer:  Jean Sibelius

 

 

 

 

        Kaija Saariaho: Chamber Works

    for Strings

       Label:  Ondine 
       Composer:  Kaija Saariaho

 

 

 

 

     Shostakovich: String Quartets

   3, 4 & 7 

     Label:  Hänssler Classic  
     Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich

   

     FBC (YLE): the Record of the Year 2012

     EMMA: the Classical Album of the Year 2012

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Haydn: String Quartets

Op 55, 1-3

Label:  Hänssler Classic  
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn

 

Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2009

Echo Kritik Award 2010

 

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Reviews

Concerts

"META4, so viel steht auf jeden Fall fest, gehört zu den aufregendsten Kammermusikformationen, die die Klassik-Szene derzeit zu bieten hat." -(General Anzeiger, Bonn, 02/2015)

 

“Toisen osan aloittanut kvartetin soolo-osuus oli järkyttävän kaunista kuultavaa. Martinun energinen sävelkieli soljui Meta4:n muusikoista lähes telepaattisessa vuorovaikutuksessa. Yhteistyö orkesterin kanssa huipentui karnevalistisen kolmannen osan riehakkaaseen päätöskadenssiin.” –Paavo Kässi (Keskisuomalainen, 10/2014)

 

“Meta4-kvartetin Antti Tikkanen, Minna Pensola, Atte Kilpeläinen ja Tomas Djupsjöbacka pääsivät näyttämään valtavan osaamisensa nopeutetuissa kuluissa ja jännittävässä rytmiikassa.” –Veijo Murtomäki (Helsingin Sanomat, 3/2014)

 

“Dem Prinzip des Weitergehens, Weiterspinnens aus Motiven, ja, Motivpartikeln heraus, wie es Beethoven in Op. 127 ins nahezu Grenzenlose steigert, um diese bis ins Filigrane reichende Verflechtungsphantasie immerwiederheftig, rustikal, fast ordinár in Tanzrhythmen zu erden, folgten die Meta4 mit derneugierigen Frische ihrer so virtuosen Elastizitát wie geistigen Beweglichkeit – ein überraschend anderer Beethoven-Eindruck, als mancher erwartei haben mochte.” –Harald Eggebrecht (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 1/2014)

 

“Bei Meta4, -- wurde Beethovens letztes Quartett Nr. 16 in F-Dur zu einem solchen Höhepunkt. Klar und von einer dramatisch geprägten Heiterkeit, tiefschürfend und so prägnant.” –Dirk Becker (Potsdamer Neueste Nachricht, 11/2013)

 

“Bartókin viides jousikvartetto sai Meta4:lta esityksen, jonka veroista ei ihan äkkiä tule mieleen. Villillä tarmolla eteenpäin rynnivän teoksen kanssa on totisesti syytä pitää pää kylmänä. Antti Tikkasen ensiviulun paikalta johdattama yhtye selvitti kontrapunktin karikot hämmästyttävällä puhtaudella, menettämättä silti tunteen paloa.” –Lauri Mäntysaari (Turun Sanomat, 8/2013)

 

“Während Meta4 den zweiten Satz aus der Unhörbarkeit heraushebt, berstende Spannung erzeugt und ihn wieder ins Pianissimo zurücksinken lässt, präsentiert sich das Scherzo als Jahrmarkt der Eitelkeiten, mit karikaturenhaft solistisch agierenden Instrumenten. Wie auch in den beiden folgenden Sätzen zeigt sich Meta4, bunt, neugierig, im besten Sinne unberechenbar und mit unbändiger Spielfreude.” (Donau Kurier, 7/2013)

 

“Meta4 gave an instinctive performance that spoke of the work’s intimacy, and did well to keep the fluidity of the piece fully intact. The four musicians performed in close proximity, the cello the only member seated, and the passing of each melodic phrase from one instrument to the other was smooth but not over-polished.” –Ben Hogwood (Classical Source, concert at Wigmore Hall, 3/2012)

 

”Rarely can the Town Hall have witnessed such transcendental string sounds, such compelling musicianship, such intimacy and such total involvement in art of musical interpretation.” –Brian Paynes (The Westmorland Gazette, 3/2012)

 

“Die Ensemblemitglieder sind ausgprägte Individualisten mit ungewöhnlich präzisem Klangbewusstsein und ebenso rhetorisch-virtuoser Energie.” –Klaus Ross (Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, 3/2011)

 

“Der dichte Spannungsbogen des Konzerts kulminierte in Sibelius' Quartet Voces Intimae, dessen Kontrastreichtum die vier vorzüglichen Streicher mit einer breiten Farbpalette ausloteten.” (Hamburger Abendblatt, 2/2011)

 

”Tatsächlich sind die vier Musiker, nämlich Minna Pensola (Violine), Antti Tikkanen Violine), Atte Kilpeläinen (Viola) und Tomas Djupsdjöbacka (Violoncello), zu einem Streichquartett verschmolzen, welches sich durch solistisch gleichwertige Besetzung der vier Pulte, durch lupenreine Intonation und durch Klanghomogenität auszeichnet, ganz zu schweigen von dem hohen Gestaltungstemperament, welches manchmals bis in freilich beherrschten Furor vordringt.” –Claus Regnault (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 11/2009)

 

”Noch einen Schritt weiter Richtung explodierende Expressivität: Smetanas e-Moll-Streichquartett, plastisch, glutvoll und leidenschaftlich vorgetragen, wurde zu einem erschütternden Lebensbericht.” –Franz Zamazal (Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, 7/2008)

 

”-- la calidad, precisión, sonoridad y musicalidad del conjunto es realmente admirable. -- realmente hicieron una demostración de competencia y dominio como pocas veces se pueden apreciar.” –Juan Krakenberger (Mundoclasico, concert in Madrid, 1/2008)

 

”Aquí, los Meta4 lucieron una sonoridad más compacta y, aunque suene contradictorio, menos ácida, logrando una interpretación de muchísimos quilates que tuvo momentos mágicos y que logró incluso unos segundos de reflexión entre el público al final de la obra, antes de comenzar a aplaudir.” –Juan Carlos Galtier (Heraldo de Aragón, concert in Zaragoza, 1/2008)

 

”Despite the title (Voces Intimae), the piece strives to be a full-scale symphony, and in this wonderful performance the music’s epic scale emerged with unforced strength and grandeur. –Ivan Hewett (Telegraph, concert at Wigmore Hall, 9/2007)

 

”This was a performance of real quality, a reading of depth and intensity in which the music was able to speak directly to us wihtout eccentricities. This Quartet certainly deserves an international career, which I am sure they are capable of fulfilling.” –Robert Matthwe-Walker (Musical Opinion, 12/2006)

 

Albums

“Last but not least, Nymphéa (1987), veinte minutos de puro goce perceptivo, transfigura el concepto del cuarteto de cuerda al asociarlo con el aura electrónica de manera, tout court, portentosa, el oído en vilo y siempre satisfecho: Saariaho en estado puro.” –Germán Gan Quesada (El arte de la fuga, 5/2014)

 

“L’interprétation intense du Quatuor Meta4, tour à tour grave et avenante, est un modèle de musicalité pure, en tout cas jamais relâchée, presque toujours sur le qui-vive. Leur sonorité, très claire et sans sécheresse, sert à merveille ces « voix intimes » du compositeur. L’engagement des interprètes permet d’entrevoir un Sibelius au plus haut sommet de son art. Une générosité qui touche au sublime. La plus belle des versions modernes.” –Philippe Demeure (Analog Collector, 12/2013)

 

"Medlemmarna i den erkända Meta4-kvartetten får i tur och ordning träda fram i rampljuset, med njutbart resultat. -- Saariahos verk kommer inte alltid till sin fulla rätt om man lyssnar på flera efter varandra, men skivans struktur känns synnerligen lyckad. Som helhetens höjdpunkt sluter sig de individuella stråkrösterna samman i stråkkvartetten Nymphéa. -- Elektroniken utvidgar stråkkvartettens möjligheter till otroliga dimensioner. Nymphéa är som en djup och mörk källa, vars yta återspeglar ett rikt spektrum av valörer." –Anna Pulkkis (HBL, 10/2013)

 

“It’s hard to imagine more passionate, committed or meticulously crafted accounts of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s exquisitely strange chamber music for strings than these glowing performances by her compatriots in the Meta4 quartet. -- Second violinist Minna Pensola, for example, brings a remarkable range of colours to the microtonal waverings and keening glissandos of the opening Tocar, and she delivers a movingly intimate account of the hushed Nocturne, written in memory of Lutoslawski. First violinist Antti Tikkanen is more fiery in the sonata-like Calices, but there’s a glassy purity to her sound, especially in the half-heard tones of the fragile slow movement. Violist Atte Kilpeläinen copes with the technical demands of the eerie Vent nocturne magnificently, and cellist Tomas Djupsjöbacka brings a thrilling spontaneity to the volatile moods of Spins and Spells. The disc’s high point, though, is the concluding Nymphéa, whose icy poetry the Meta4 players deliver in an astonishingly broad palette of sounds.” –David Kettle (The Strad, 10/2013)

 

“The playing of Meta4 is superb. Their technique is astute, intense. Yet they are almost relaxed in the way they offer space for the at times complex and concentrated music to evolve and explain itself.” –Mark Sealey (Classical Net, 2013)

 

 “Meta4-kvartetti tekee Haydn- ja Shostakovitsh-levyillään historiaa. Koskaan ennen suomalainen jousikvartetti ei ole saanut yhtä paljon kansainvälistä huomiota klassisessa ohjelmistossa.” –Harri Kuusisaari (Rondo, 12/2012)

 

“Die vier Musiker des Quartetts Meta4 werfen sich mit voller Energie in die Musik und spielen, was die Instrumente herhalten.” –Steff (Pizzicato, 10/2012)

 

“Die vier Finnen spielen auf unbeirrt hohem Niveau, perfekt im Zusammenspiel, sicher auch in rhytmisch vertrackten Situationen und flexibel in den Ausdrucksformen, zwischen geheimnisvoll und schroff-direkt.” –Christoph Vratz (Rheinische Post, 7/2012)

 

“Unlike most of their peers, Meta4 have found their way to the particular world of musicality that Shostakovich inhabits -- I’m not sure I’ve ever heard the opening folk-like Allegretto of No 4 more subtly explored, and this is cunningly balanced by the strategical placing of nuance in the finale’s klezmer?ish passages.” –David Fanning (Gramophone, 2012)

 

“--Meta4 soittaa Shostakovitshin kvartettoja poikkeuksellisen hyvin. Levyllä kuuluu yllin kyllin yleistä musikaalisuutta ja yksilötaitoa, mutta olennaisinta on, että Meta4 on ymmärtänyt kvartettityön tärkeimmän piirteen ja tehnyt sen eteen rajusti työtä.” –Kare Eskola (YLE, 8/2012)

 

“No recuerdo ninguna interpretación tan impresionante de esta enigmatica, breve y novedosa partitura que Shostakovich dedicó a modo de Tombeau a su primera esposa. La misma receta llena de crudeza y perfección la aplican también a las otras do obras” –Pablo-L. Rodríguez (Diverdi, 10/2012)

 

“En muista kuulleeni parempaa Dmitri Šostakovitšin jousikvartettolevyä. Meta4 löytää ahdistetusta ja katkerasta musiikista hätkähdyttävän paljon värejä, kielletystä kauneudesta luuhun poraavaan traagisuuteen.” –Jukka Isopuro (Helsingin Sanomat, 7/2012)

 

“Durch reich nuancierte Farbwechsel und agogische Feinheiten, vor allem aber durch die griffige Artikulation bekommt die Aufnahme eine sprachhafte Qualität – nicht zuletzt im Quartett op. 55, 2 mit seinem ungewöhnlichen Beginn. Hier wird Haydns Musik packend und abwechslungsreich erzählt: spannend wie ein gutter Krimi.” –M.S. (Fono-Forum 07/2009)

Audio

 

Contact


Sublime Music Agency

Sanna Nyyssölä
Tel. +358 45 327 8222
sanna.nyyssola(at)sublime.fi

Vilonvuorenkatu 12
00500 Helsinki
Finland

www.sublime.fi

 

 

For bookings in Germany and Austria please contact:
 

Meyer Eller Artists Management

Dr. Sören Meyer-Eller
Barerstr. 53
80799 München

Germany

Tel.: (+49) 089/27375294

Email: mail@me-artists.de

www.me-artists.de

 


For bookings in Spain please contact:
 

La Máscara De Orfeo

Paloma Viana
Tel & Fax +34 91 593 48 23
pviana(at)lamascaradeorfeo.com

Olid, 3 - 5º izq.
28010 Madrid (Spain)
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For bookings in France please contact:

 

OZ Artists Management
Oscar Zepeda Arias
Tel. +33 1 43 40 27 07
oscar.za(at)oz-artists.com
9 bis, Villa St. Mandé
75012 Paris
France
www.oz-artists.com