Minna Pensola

Minna Pensola plays in the string quartet known as Meta4, which took first prize in the International Shostakovich Quartet Competition in Moscow in 2004 and in the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna in 2007. She has appeared as soloist with almost all the Finnish orchestras. In 2008 Pensola founded the Klasariklubi in Helsinki, which combines the leisurely atmosphere of an evening bar with an opportunity to hear live classical music. She also established the PuKama chamber music association, which organises concerts. It is a joint project between her and her husband, the violinist Antti Tikkanen, intended to liven up the chamber music scene in the Finnish capital. Minna Pensola graduated from the Zurich Music Academy and the European Chamber Music Academy. Here main teachers include Jerzy Blaszkiewicz, Leonid Mordkovich, Kaija Saarikettu, Ana Chumachenko, Josef Rissin and Hatto Beyrle. Pensola herself teaches violin at the Sibelius Academy. Her instrument is a Carlo Bergonzi violin from 1732 and her hobbies are being amazed by her two young daughters, keeping an eye on them and cleaning up after them.


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Programme

31. Kuhmo Arts Centre 11.30

Jean Sibelius (1865—1957):

Scéne d'amour (arr. from the pantomime Scaramouche, Op. 71 for violin and piano 1925)

Sun
16.7.

35. Kuhmo Arts Centre 19.15

W.A. Mozart (1756—1791):

Pantomime, K. 446 (416d) (1783)

Sun
16.7.

46. Kuhmo Church 11.00

Antonio Vivaldi (1678—1741):

Violin Concerto, Op. 8/1-4 "Four Seasons" (1725)

Wed
19.7.

Meta4

37. Kuhmo Church 11.00

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770—1827):

String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 (1825-26)

Mon
17.7.

39. Kuhmo Arts Centre 18.15

Joseph Haydn (1732—1809):

String Quartet No. 53 in D, Op. 64/5 "Lark" (1790)

Mon
17.7.

40. Kontio School 21.15

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770—1827):

String Quartet No. 5 in A, Op. 18/5 (1798-1800)

Mon
17.7.

41. Kuhmo Arts Centre 11.00

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683—1764):

Prologue and Orage from Platée (1745)

Tue
18.7.

43. Kuhmo Arts Centre 16.15

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770—1827):

String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso" (1810-11)

Tue
18.7.

45. Kontio School 21.15

Juha T. Koskinen (1972):

Soleil noir - five Miniatures for string quartet (1997-99/2006)

Tue
18.7.

53. Kontio School 15.15

Jaakko Kuusisto (1974):

Scherzo with Haydn (2008)

Thu
20.7.

53. Kontio School 15.15

Juha T. Koskinen (1972):

Dark Paths of Wisdom (A Variation to Haydn's quartet opus 103) (2008)

Thu
20.7.

53. Kontio School 15.15

Jukka Tiensuu (1948):

Doch - Eine kleine Apotheose von Papa Haydn (2008)

Thu
20.7.

53. Kontio School 15.15

Joseph Haydn (1732—1809):

String Quartet, Op. 103 (unfinished), mov. I (1803)

Thu
20.7.

53. Kontio School 15.15

Adam Vilagi (1977):

Hommage à Haydn (2008)

Thu
20.7.

53. Kontio School 15.15

Joseph Haydn (1732—1809):

String Quartet, Op. 103 (unfinished), mov. II (1803)

Thu
20.7.

53. Kontio School 15.15

Ralf Gothoni (1946):

Papa Haydn - Einsam aber Frei (2008)

Thu
20.7.

53. Kontio School 15.15

Olli Mustonen (1967):

Inventio on a Theme by Haydn (2008)

Thu
20.7.

56. Kuhmo Church 11.00

Franz Schubert (1797—1828):

String Quartet No. 15 in G, D. 887 (1826)

Fri
21.7.

60. Kuhmo Arts Centre 18.15

W.A. Mozart (1756—1791):

String Quintet in C minor, K. 406 (516b) (1788)

Fri
21.7.