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25 Jun 2018 Kamus appointed as the next Artistic Director of Our Festival!

We are happy to announce that our quartet has been appointed as the next Artistic Director of Meidän Festivaali / Our Festival. Our first festival will be in 2019. The position of Artistic Director at Our Festival has been one of Pekka Kuusisto’s sources of joy for more than a decade. And we are extremely happy to continue the festival we have enjoyed to play at since many years!

#happy #joy #enthusiastic


25 Jun 2018 Kamus Festivals 2018!
Our programme for Summer 2018 has been published! We are happy to be at Our Festival, Jyväskylä Summer, Rauma Festivo, Sysmä Summer Sounds, Iitti Music Festival, Lohja Tenor Days and Riihimäki Summer Concerts! Happy summer to you all!
30 Apr 2018 Summer 2018 concerts


The quartets summer season concerts in Finland 2018 are now published in the concerts page. Some updates will still come but we are happy to see so many new festivals in our tour schedule and delighted to get to visit so many wonderful festivals again.


05 Feb 2018 Kamus wins the "Emma" Award for the best Classical CD of 2017!

We are very very happy to announce that our latest CD "Homunculus" won the Emma Award for the best classical CD of 2017!

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06 Sep 2017 Kamus Quartet in 3 minutes




11 Feb 2016 Kamus new CD to win a prize from YLE

Kamus Quartets recent recording Different Voices won the Finnish National Broadcasting company's prize for the best album of the year 2015!

We are very happy and delighted for such an honor. Many thanks to our recording company Alba records and to our producer Johannes Meissl and sound engineer Thomas Lang  


05 Oct 2015 Kamus to join Lomonaco Artists

We are very delighted to announce our signing with the Lomonaco Artists! Lomonaco Artists is a dynamic boutique agency based in London and will take care of quartets international affairs.

Please read more from www.lomonaco-artist.com 


Recordings:

"Different Voices" Sibelius - Tiensuu - Kaipainen (Alba records 2015)
Seppo Pohjola: Complete string quartets (Alba records 2011)
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Prizes:
2016 Best recording of the year 2015 by Finnish National broadcasting company
2004 Kuhmo international chamber music competition:
     3rd prize and the prize for best performance of the
     compulsory piece
2004 Melartin competition Finland
     1st prize and the prize for best performance of the
     compulsory piece

Others:

Artistic director of the Teema@Helsinki concert series
Quartet in residence in Kuopio conservatory of music
European Chamber Music Academy, ECMA Alumni
Benefactor and affiliate, HelsinkiMissio

Studies:

2002-2005 Sibelius Academy, Helsinki
2004-2005 Britten-Pears Programme for young gifted artists, Aldeburgh UK
2006-2010 European Chamber Music Academy, ECMA

Instruments:

Violin by F. Gagliano (Terhi Paldanius)
Violin by C.A. Testore (Jukka Untamala)
Viola by J.F. Guidantus (Jussi Tuhkanen)
     - Kindly lend by Pohjola Bank Art foundation
Violoncello by C-A. Miremont (Petja Kainulainen)
     - Kindly lend by Finnish Cultural Foundation



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

-Helsingin Sanomat 9.10.2014

Founded in 2002, Kamus 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 around the world including 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 the best classical music record 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, Kamus has developed new ways of presenting chamber music with its acclaimed concert series TeemaHelsinki. They have also launched a project to help enrich the musical life of rural parts of Finland. 

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 Kamus 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 and 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.


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Like all great stories, the story of Kamus Quartet is love-themed. The year is 2002. A young couple from Kuopio, Terhi Paldanius and Jukka Untamala, have just moved to Helsinki, and begun their studies at the Sibelius Academy. Then they face the first crisis of their married life: The two violinists realise that two is not company enough. The greatest music in the world is composed for a string quartet - not for two violins. They find themselves in a curious situation: The couple has to find a third and a fourth wheel for their relationship.

As luck would have it, two young men with basketball background, who had since developed a keen interest in music, had also started their studies at the Sibelius Academy, and were looking for something to occupy themselves with. Jussi Tuhkanen, a viola-player from Savonlinna, and Petja Kainulainen, a cellist from Lahti, completed this love story, and the love-child was given the name Kamus.

The quartet begun their studies at the Sibelius Academy with Risto Fredriksson. Later they travelled to England to learn from violinist Hugh Maguire, and studied at the European Chamber Music Academy, ECMA, with Hatto Beyer and Johannes Meissl.

Currently the quartet shares 12 years of common history.

Kamus is a fine name, presumably with profound connotations. What is the story behind the name?

Petja: I came up with the name after a long and strenuous process. I had suggested a lot of stupid names, along the lines of Warthog, and then one morning I woke up with this name in my head. To my knowledge, it means absolutely nothing.

So there really is no allusion to, for example, Albert Camus?

Terhi: An allusion to Camus, but not Albert. In fact we are waiting for the day when the Camus Cognac will be spelt with a 'k'. On that day our work is done.

Does each of you have a specific role in the quartet?

Jussi: For the most part of our time together, Terhi has \u2013 willingly or not \u2013 been in charge of some amount of discipline. We can all still clearly remember the one rehearsal we had without her. That was the biggest waste of time ever.

What kind of changes has your quartet gone through?

Jukka: We've gone through everything a string quartet can go through, except for change of personnel. We don't swing that way. We've studied hard and extensively. Afterwards we needed a few years to take it all in, until we found our own style.

What is life like in a string quartet?

Petja: Well we had a FIFA phase, during which we played a lot of Xbox at Terhi's and Tillo's. Other phases were the exciting early stage, studying in England with the wonderful Hugh Maguire, and a hard-working phase at the European Chamber Music Academy.

Who's Tillo?

Everybody: Tillo is Jukka.

Terhi: Guess you might say Tillo's nickname is Jukka.

Any other nicknames?

Terhi: Quite a few, not all of them print worthy.

Jussi: I'm Jusba, Tuhkis or Alpo.

What else have you done besides playing in a quartet?

Jukka: Jussi dabbled with tennis for a while, but at his second practice he fell in the shower and broke a bone in his hand. That resulted in the longest practice brake in the history of the quartet.

What is your mission for the quartet?

Terhi: We consider it important to broaden Finnish musical life with string quartet culture, which tends to almost disappear during winter-time outside of the big festivals. Furthermore we want to take music to remote and unordinary places.

Where would you like to have a chance to play?

Jussi: The place doesn't matter. It's always great to play whether it is an old plane hangar at Suomenlinna or a nursing home in Germany. Well, okay, it would be great to play the Wigmore hall in London. The concert would run for hours and would consist of all the best music ever written, and the best music yet to be written.

What is music for?

Petja: Understanding.

Jukka: Life.

By Sonja Saarikoski
(translated by Lauri Niskanen)




REPERTOIRE
QUARTETS
QUINTETS
NEW 2019/20
ALSO

J. Haydn:
Quartet Op. 1, No. 1 in Bb Major
Quartet Op. 33, No. 3 in C Major ("The Bird")
Quartet Op. 50, No. 2 in C Major
Quartet Op. 50, No. 3 in Eb Major
Quartet Op. 54, No. 2 in C Major
Quartet Op. 64, No. 5 in D major ("The Lark")
Quartet Op. 71, No. 2 in D Major
Quartet Op. 76, No. 1 in G Major
Quartet Op. 76, No. 4 in Bb Major ("The Sunrise")
Quartet Op. 76, No. 5 in D Major
Quartet Op.102 in D minor


W. A. Mozart:
Quartet KV 160 in Eb Major
Quartet KV 387 in G Major
Quartet KV 428 in Eb Major
Quartet KV 465 in C Major ("Dissonance")
Quartet KV 575 in D major
Quartet KV 590 in F Major
Adagio and Fugue KV 546 in C Minor


L. van Beethoven:
Quartet Op. 18, No. 1 F Major
Quartet Op. 59, No. 2 in E Minor ("Razumovsky")
Quartet Op. 59, No. 3 in C Major ("Razumovsky")
Quartet Op. 74 in E flat major "Harp"
Quartet Op. 95 in F Minor ("Serioso")
Quartet Op.131 in C sharp Minor
Quartet Op.132 in A minor
Quartet Op. 135 in F Major

F. Schubert:
Quartet in D Minor D 810 ("Death and the Maiden")
Quartettsatz in C Minor D 703

F. Mendelssohn:
Quartet Op. 13 in A Minor

R. Schumann:
Quartet Op. 41 No. 1 in A Minor
Quartet Op.41 No. 3 in A Major

J. Brahms:

Quartet No. 1 in C Minor
Quartet No. 2 in A minor

A. Dvorak:
Quartet Op. 106 in G Major
The Cypresses

Hugo Wolf:
Italian Serenade

B. Britten:
Quartet No. 1 Op. 25
Quartet No. 2 Op. 36
Quartet No. 3 Op.94

C. Debussy:
Quartet in G Minor

D. Milhaud:
Quartet No. 1 (1912)

B. Bartok:
Quartet No. 3 (1927)
Quartet No.5 (1934)

L.Janacek :
Quartet No. 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"  (1923)
Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters" (1928)

D. Shostakovich:
Quartet No. 4
Quartet No. 6
Quartet No. 7
Quartet No. 8
Quartet No. 9
Quartet No. 10

A. Schnittke:
Quartet No. 3 (1934)

A. Webern:
Fünf Sätze Op. 5

A. Piazzolla:
Tango for Four

J. Sibelius:
Quartet Op. 56 in D Minor "Voces intimae"
Allegro Appasionato 
Alla Marcia in E minor
Allegretto in D major
Adagio in D minor

Erkki Melartin:
Quartet Op. 36, No. 2 in G Minor

Taneli Kuusisto:
Quartettino (1925)

Veli-Matti Puumala:
Quartet (1994)

Seppo Pohjola :
String Quartets 1-4 (also recorded for Alba Records)

Thomas Ades :
Arcadiana Op.12 (1994)

Lotta Wennäkoski:
Culla d'aria (2003-04)

Adam Vilagi:
Coexistence (2005-06)

Aki Yli-Salomäki:
Uinukainen (2015)
Yhdessä (2018)

 Sebastian Hiili:
Elogio de la sombra (2015)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
String Quintet in C minor KV 406
String Quintet in G minor KV 516
Clarinet Quintet in A major KV 581

Luigi Boccherini:
String Quintet Op. 12 No. 2 in E flat major
Guitar Quintet in E minor
Guitar Quintet in D major "Fandango"
Flute Quintet Op. 17 No. 5 in G major

Franz Schubert:
String Quintet in C major

Johannes Brahms:
Piano Quintet Op. 34 in F minor
String Quintet Op. 111 in G major

Dmitri Shostakovich:
Piano Quintet in G minor op.57

Ernest Bloch:
Piano Quintet No. 1

Alfred Schnittke:
Piano Quintet

Jean Sibelius:
Piano Quintet in G minor

Einojuhani Rautavaara:

String Quintet "Unknown Heavens"

Tommi Kärkkäinen:
 "Fragilia" Guitar Quintet (2003)

Jan-Mikael Vainio:
Saxophone Quintet (2002-2004)

Friedrich Ernst Fesca:
French Horn Quintet Potpourri



1) ”THE BIG PICTURE” 


Alessandro Scarlatti: Sonata a quattro in D Minor No 4 (7’)

John Adams: John’s Book of Alleged Dances (30’) 1994**

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Lotta Wennäkoski: Culla’d aria (2004) (11’)  

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E Minor Op 44 No 2 (25’)


With this fascinating programme, the Kamus Quartet offers an overview of 300 years of string quartet music, from possibly the first string quartet ever written, the Scarlatti Sonata a Quattro from circa 1715-1720 to the modern masterpieces of our time showing the power and versatility of four voices through musical history. 

(**The Adams requires a PA system) 



2.) ”THE INFLUENCE OF BEETHOVEN”  


Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet A Minor Op 13 (25’)

Leos Janacek: String Quartet No 1 ”Kreutzer Sonata” (18’)

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Franz Schubert: String Quartet in D Minor op.posth. ”Death and the maiden”

/ OR String Quintet in C Major op.posth. (eg with cellist Matthew Barley)


Beethoven’s effect on musical history and music itself was of course imminent and vast but there are also de facto single compositions, masterpieces that have even more profound links to Beethoven. Here the Kamus Quartet displays the wonders that wouldn’t exist without the radical influence of Beethoven. How Schubert, still composing merely in Biedermeier style fell into a abyss and writers block for years when confronting Beethoven’s Op 95, and saw that the world was no more the same and rouse with a new distinctive own voice and  masterpieces for the different ages. The young Mendelssohn didn’t believe his eyes when he saw the scores of Op 95 and 132 of Beethoven. From that sitting he ran to compose his quartet in A Minor, the most beautiful ”homage” for Beethoven. One example how Beethoven inspired artists across genres is the influence of Kreutzer Sonata on Leo Tolstoi and through him on Janacek’s first String Quartet, another Masterpiece that we can surely say wouldn’t exist without Beethoven.



3.)  ”THE BEETHOVEN EFFECT”


Joseph Haydn: String Quartet D minor Op 103 (Incomplete)

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in F Minor Op 95

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Franz Schubert: Franz Schubert: String Quartet in D Minor op.posth. ”Death and the maiden”


The mystery of the silence of Joseph Haydn’s last years was a topic on everyone’s mind in Vienna in the beginning of 19th century. The celebrated composer didn’t provide any new music for the audiences in years telling people he was not feeling so well. But as all the witnesses saw him in good condition started the rumors of the actual reason. One explanation that was popular at that time, and which nobody has yet excluded, was the fact that Haydn saw there is now something so extraordinary happening in music that he simply thought that the time for him was to quit. The extraordinary happening was of course his own pupil Ludwig van Beethoven. As it is said that Beethoven’s music got Haydn to stop writing music it almost did the same for the young Viennese Franz Schubert, who was so astonished by Beethoven’s string quartet Op 95 that he saw he had no future as a composer he was. Luckily for all of us, he fought his depression and transfigured through hard work into the Schubert we all know writing all his masterpieces after this.



4.) "THE FINNISH TOUCH”


Esa-Pekka Salonen Homunculus (2008) (14’)

Einojuhani Rautavaara: String Quartet No 1 (1956)

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Jean Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor ”Voces Intimae” (1906)


In a programme which demonstrates the effect of one Finnish composer on another, the Kamus Quartet here present a programme of influences. Esa-Pekka Salonen was a famous student and protegé of Einojuhani Rautavaara. Rautavaara in turn was influenced by the mighty Sibelius and this programme shows the musical thread and national pride which binds them all over a period of 100 years.



5.) LATE NIGHT EVENT: 


John Adams: John’s Book of Alleged Dances (30’+) 1994 for string quartet and pre-recorded CD


Ideal as a late night event, either in the concert hall or preferably in a club or unusual venue (with appropriate beverages) is the absolutely hilarious, beautiful and groovy-to-the-bones John Adams’s work John’s Book of Alleged Dances for String Quartet. A compilation of Dances that were “alleged” because the steps for them had yet to be invented, they will leave the audience dancing all the way home.





6.) FOR ORCHESTRAS


For orchestras to enrichen and deepen their Jubilee season 2020 of Beethoven the Kamus Quartet offers a personal and interesting touch in to their programmes!


John Adams: Absolut Jest (2011) 25' for string quartet and orchestra
(2.picc.2.corA.2.bcl.2.dbn-4.2.2.0-timp.perc(2):cowbell/xyl/BD/chimes/glsp/vib-harp-pft.cel-strings)

“As the Absolute Jest is strongly based on the harmonic structures and short passages from Beethoven’s works especially string quartets op.131 and op. 135 we could perform the last Beethoven quartet op.135 as a part of the concert, or maybe as a late night chamber music performance right after the concert.” Kamus Quartet


Luigi Boccherini:
String Trio in D major

Ludvig van Beethoven:
 Sextet for Two Horns and String Quartet Op. 81b in E flat major

Ferdinand Thieriot:
Octet for Strings 

Johannes Brahms:
String Sextet Op. 18 in B flat major
String Sextet Op.36 in G major

Felix Mendelssohn:
Octet Op. 20 in E flat major

Ernst von Dohnanyi:
Serenade for String Trio

Max Bruch:
String Octet

Dmitri Shostakovich:
Prelude & Scherzo for String Octet

Edwar Elgar:
Introduction & Allegro for Orcherstra and String Quartet Op. 47

Maurice Ravel:
Introduction & Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet

C.Saint-Saëns:
The Carnival of the Animals

Jean Sibelius : 
String Trio in G minor
String Trio in A major

Eeva Sarmanto-Neuvonen and Leena Miikkulainen (composers): Happy Animal Pictures for Piano (Arrangement for String Quartet: Pekka Jylhä)

PRESS
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CONCERTS

13.2.2018 at 19:00, Väärnin Pappila, Lapinlahti 

Mozart - Schubert  

11.3.2018 at 15:00 Koulukeskuksen auditorio, Eura 

Mozart - Fagerlund - Schubert   

8.5.2018 at 19:00 Monikkosali, Klaukkala

Beethoven - Furuhjelm

"Remembering 1918" 

16.5.2018 klo 19:30 Rautatalo, Helsinki

Reich - Paleface  

SUMMER 2018

8.-10.6. RIIHIMÄKI SUMMER CONCERTS

8.6. klo 18 Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki    

Mozart-Fagerlund-Schubert

8.6. klo 21 Riihimäki Theater

-Minna Tervamäki, dance - Adams

10.6. klo 18 Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki

-Olli Mustonen, piano   Milhaud-Mustonen

13.-16.6. IITTI MUSIC FESTIVAL

 14.6. at 18 at Iitti Church  

Mendelssohn Octet with Enesco Quartet

15.6. at 14 Iitti Church

Mozart 

 15.6. klo 19  Kuusankoski Hall

Festival artists, Yared

La 16.6. klo 14 Saukonkallio

Surprise programme!

4.7. at 15 HANKO, City Hall

Mazzoli-Mozart-Schubert

5.7. JYVÄSKYLÄ SUMMER

 5.7. at 20 Yliopiston vanha juhlasali, Jyväskylä

Mazzoli-Mozart-Schubert

6.7. SYSMÄN SUVISOITTO

 6.7. at 19 Sysmä Church

 Mazzoli-Mozart-Schubert

22.7.-28.7. OUR FESTIVAL

 22.7. at 19 Aino Hall

Beethoven

 23.7. at 14 Ainola

Gabriella Smith

23.7. at 17 Ainola

Gabriella Smith

24.7. at 11-13 Kallio-Kuninkala, Leonora-sali

Aki Yli-Salomäki (open rehearsals, with Alpo Suhonen)

24.7. at 16 Suviranta

Salonen

24.7. at 18 Suviranta

Salonen

25.7. at 12-14 Kallio-Kuninkala, Leonora Hall

Aki Yli-Salomäki (open rehearsals, with Alpo Suhonen)

25.7 at 16 Kallio-Kuninkala, Leonora Hall

Britten

To 26.7. klo 17 Tuusula Church

Aki Yli-Salomäki 


4.8. MÄNTTÄ MUSIC FESTIVAL

La 4.8. klo 12 Mänttä Church

 Fagerlund-Mozart-Schubert 

6.8. LOHJA SOI! TENOR DAYS

6.8. at 19 Opening concert, Laurentius HAll, Lohja

 -TBA

8.-11.8. RAUMA FESTIVO

8.8. at 18 Kustaa Aadolf Church, Eurajoki

 Schubert 

8.8. at 21 Kulttuurikuppila Brummi, Rauma

 -Paleface, Ninni Poijärvi, Niko Kumpuvaara

10.8. at 19 Kulttuuritalo Poselli, Rauma

 Beethoven Kreutzer sonata for a String Quintet with Johannes Rostamo, cello

 11.8. at 14 Rauma Hall, Rauma

 - Brahms Piano Quintet with Aura Go, piano

11.8. at 19 Kulttuuritalo Poselli, Rauma

Boccherini Guitar Quintet ”Fandango” with  Ismo Eskelinen, guitar  



CONTACT
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Tel: +44 (0)20 3732 3619

Lomonaco Artists, 113 New Atlas Wharf, 3 Arnhem Place, London, E14 3ST.

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