Meta4 Quartet. Photo credit Noora Isoeskeli.
In 2004 Meta4 Quartet won the first prize in the International Shostakovich Quartet Competition in Moscow and were selected as a BBC New Generation Artist for 2008-2010. Since then, they perform regularly in key music capitals and concert halls around the world such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall and King’s Place in London, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and Cité de la Musique in Paris. Now the acclaimed Finnish quartet makes its Australian debut directing ACO Collective with Beethoven & Mendelssohn.
During the tour, audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique experience of a quartet leading ACO Collective. ‘This is unique, yes, and we're very excited about it. There are huge advantages with directing as a quartet, compared to one violinist directing. Our "four-headed-monster" can take care of various instrument groups and aspects simultaneously; we can cover all functions of the score. The chamber music feeling and quality of the process and performance is something most musicians have been excited about’ says Antti Tikkanen from Meta4.
Antti Tikkanen (violin) is a versatile musician whose dynamic career spans solo, chamber as well as baroque performance. He 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.
Minna Pensola. Photo credit Tiksola website.
Minna Pensola (violin) performs extensively as a chamber musician and soloist collaborating with conductors such as Sakari Oramo, Olari Elts, Eva Ollikainen and John Storgårds. Pensola 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. Currently she teaches violin at the Sibelius Academy.
Atte Kilpeläinen's (viola) 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 and in 2012 Kilpeläinen has been a part of faculty in Sibelius Academy.
Tomas Djupsjöbacka (cello) 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). 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.
BEETHOVEN & MENDELSSOHN
Albury, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Penrith, Dubbo, Tamworth and Taree
WEBERN Langsamer Satz
JAAKKO KUUSISTO Wiima, Op.27
MENDELSSOHN String Symphony No.6 in E-flat major
BEETHOVEN (arr. strings) String Quartet in F major, Op.135