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Climate (in)Action: A Meta4 + TAC Collaboration


Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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In a collaboration by the internationally successful Finnish quartet and the TAC program, Meta4 will be performing a program of works inspired by nature and Nordic folk tunes, accompanied with visual design by TAC students. The program will also feature the premiere of pieces by TAC students for string quartet and electronics. A panel discussion and Q&A will follow with Meta4 and TAC students and faculty.


Check back in soon, we are still fine-tuning our program.



Antti Tikkanen, violin
Minna Pensola, violin
Atte Kilpeläinen, viola
Tomas Djupsjöbacka, cello


About Meta4

Meta4, formed in 2001, is one of the most internationally 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. Later that year the Finnish Minister of Culture awarded Meta4 with the annual Finland Prize in recognition of an international breakthrough. Meta4 was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist for 2008–2010 and in 2013 the Fund of Jenny and Antti Wihuri awarded the quartet with a special prize in recognition of its work.

Meta4 performs regularly in key music capitals and concert halls around the world including Wiener Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall and King’s Place in London, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Cité de la Musique in Paris and Stockholms Konserthus, and has recently also toured in Australia. Meta4 served as the quartet-in-residence at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival from 2008-2016.

The quartet studied at the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) under Hatto Beyerle and Johannes Meissl. They have released three recordings on Hänssler Classics: Haydn’s String Quartets op. 55 1–3 (2009), which was awarded the esteemed Echo Klassik Award in 2010; Shostakovich’s String Quartets 3, 4 & 7 (2012), which received the 2012 Record of the Year award from the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE as well as the Emma prize (the Finnish Grammy) in the category of Classical Album of the Year; and Bartók’s String Quartets 1 & 5, released in 2014. The quartet has also released an album of Kaija Saariaho’s chamber music works (Ondine, 2013) and an LP of Sibelius’s String Quartet Voces Intimae (Berliner Meister Schallplatten, 2013).

The members of Meta4 play distinguished instruments, which include a Stradivarius, kindly on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, a Carlo Bergonzi violin, kindly on loan from Signe and Ane Gyllenberg’s Foundation and a cello made by Lorenzo Storioni in Cremona in 1780.

This performance is in partnership with Stanford Live.  More information about Stanford Live can be found here.

About SFCM’s Technology and Applied Composition Department

Get ready for a career on the edge of art and technology. Our Technology and Applied Composition (TAC) is an exclusive course of study that gives students a direct path into the worlds of film scoring, video game sound design, and other rewarding musical avenues. Featuring instruction from some of the most visible composers in the industry today, the TAC music degree readies you for a cutting-edge compositional life, bridging art and technology in the most dynamic ways imaginable.

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