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. The same year the Quartet was awarded the annual Finland Prize in recognition of an international breakthrough. Meta4 was chosen as the principal guest conductor of the Jyväskylä symphony orchestra for two years from 2022 to 2024.
Meta4 performs regularly at both national and international concert halls and in numerous festivals. During 2023 the quartet will perform both in Finland as well as abroad, for instance in Turin and L'Aquila, London, Hamburg and in the United States.
The quartet has also released three albums on Hänssler Classic (Haydn's String Quartets op. 55, 1-3; Shostakovich's String Quartets 3, 4 & 7 and Bartók's String Quartets 1 & 5), an album of Kaija Saariaho's chamber music works (Ondine) as well as an LP of Sibelius's String Quartet 'Voces Intimae' (Berliner Meister Schallplatten). Meta4s album with Brahms Clarinet Quintet and Gérard Pesson’s Nebenstück together with Reto Bieri was released via ECM Records in 2019.
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