Great Hall Music - Kamus Quartet



Terhi Paldanius, 1st violin

Jukka Untamala, 2nd violin

Jussi Tuhkanen, viola

Petja Kainulainen, violoncello

 “Kamus is a perfectly blended group, and the brilliance of each individual shines through” Helsingin Sanomat

Finland’s Kamus Quartet is one of the most prominent Nordic ensembles and continues to delight audiences with a strong and distinctive voice.

In 2017 the quartet launched a new CD and toured internationally to Mexico, UK, Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands, including their celebrated Concertgebouw debut in Amsterdam. The new CD, which includes the world premiere recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s string quartet Homunculus won the EMMA-prize for best classical music recording in Finland 2018. It followed the acclaimed album Different Voices featuring Sibelius’s Voces Intimae, which was awarded the prize for best classical music album of 2016 by the Finnish National Broadcasting Company.

An active force in Finnish musical life, the Kamus quartet has developed new ways of presenting chamber music with its acclaimed concert series TeemaHelsinki, seeking out new urban spaces for classical music highlighting the connection between music and the surrounding space. They have also launched a project to help enrich the musical life of rural parts of Finland.


Sibelius Adagio in D minor

Mendelssohn String Quartet no. 4 in E minor, Op. 44 no. 2

Shostakovich String Quartet no. 9 in E flat, Op. 117

Kamus Quartet present a programme of pieces that showcases the diverse and unique languages of three composers. Sibelius took inspiration from Finnish mythology and traditional folk music and is very much the mother tongue of the Kamus Quartet. Mendelssohn’s much-loved sound is at its clearest in the E minor quartet which includes a virtuosic Scherzo so typical of the composer. Shostakovich’s unique voice grasps listeners and draws them immediately into the composer’s sound world. Particularly dramatic and touching, the ninth quartet holds a place as one of the finest string quartets of the 20th century.

Sunday 24 March 2pm

Prices and Times:

Sun 24th Mar


Pricing Information:

Full price:£ 15
Under 18's:£ 5
Full time students:£ 5
Schools.:£ 5
Senr.Citizens:£ 12
Other Conc.:£ 12

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Founded in Helsinki in 2002, the quartet studied at the Sibelius Academy, the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) and the Britten Pears Academy in Aldeburgh, UK. This prestigious training, along with support from a number of distinguished artists, has helped the Kamus quartet to find its own personal style and voice. Significant elements of this included the studies at ECMA, which concentrated on musical rhetoric and the performance practice of the classical era, knowledge of musical language and a deep insight into the structure of the score, which opened up new perspectives, and continues to do so. Aldeburgh Music’s Hugh Maguire, a student of George Enescu in the early 20th century, introduced the quartet to the old European string music tradition, and his innate and warm-hearted musicianship left a distinctive imprint on the style of the quartet which can undoubtedly still be heard.