Kamus String Quartet

Terhi Paldanius, violin / Jukka Untamala, violin

Jussi Tuhkanen, viola / Petja Kainulainen, cello

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

Helsingin Sanomat

Kamus celebrates its 15th anniversary as one of the most prominent Nordic ensembles and continues to delight audiences with a strong and distinctive voice. In 2017 the quartet launches a new CD and tours around the world including to Mexico, UK, Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands, including their Concertgebouw debut in Amsterdam. The new CD, which includes the world premiere recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s string quartet Homunculus, follows 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 exceptional training, along with support from many distinguished artists, has helped Kamus to find its own personal style and sound. 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.

Kamus plays on two instruments kindly lent by the Pohjola Bank Art foundation: F. Gagliano (Terhi Paldanius) and J.F. Guidantus (Jussi Tuhkanen). Petja Kainulainen plays on A.Miremont kindly lent by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.