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The Tempera Quartet

Laura Vikman, violin
Silva Koskela, violin
Tiila Kangas, viola
Ulla Lampela, cello

Biography

The Tempera Quartet, celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2017, has become one of the most established chamber music ensembles in their native Finland. Best known for their praised Sibelius recordings, the quartet has been hailed for their versatile concert progammes both in Finland and abroad. The Tempera Quartet has performed at most Finnish chamber music festivals – among them the Kuhmo, Helsinki, Turku and Naantali festivals – as well as in most European countries, Japan, the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates.

In their early years, they rapidly gained prominence as an outstanding ensemble, and for the 2000/2001 season the quartet was selected for the “Rising Stars” scheme of the European Concert Hall Organization. This resulted in successful début recitals at the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Athens Concert Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. The quartet was nominated by the ‘Finland Festivals’ organization as Young Artist of the Year in 2001.

From 2004 until 2007 the Tempera Quartet was responsible for the artistic direction of the Riihimäki Summer Concerts chamber music festival. Their complete recording of Jean Sibelius’s works for string quartet (BIS Records), including several world première recordings, as well as their recording of Pehr Henrik Nordgren’s 10th and 11th string quartets (ALBA Records) have met with great international acclaim.

The Tempera Quartet has had a broad musical education with studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Edsberg Music Institute in Sweden and the Royal College of Music in London.

Silva Koskela and Tiila Kangas are playing on instruments kindly lent by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Laura Vikman is one of the foremost violin soloists and chamber musicians in Finland. She is the Principal 2nd violin in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and she is teaching a violin class both at the Tampere Music Academy as well as the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Silva Koskela is a violin lecturer at the Tampere Conservatoire, and a versatile and active chamber musician in various ensembles.

Tiila Kangas is a member of the viola section in the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and she also regularly performs with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. She acted as the Artistic Director of the Katrina Chamber Music Festival in the Åland Islands for 11 years.

Ulla Lampela recently joined the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra in Kokkola, having previously devoted her time to freelancing as well as teaching at the East Helsinki Music Institute. Her passion for bringing music to hospitals and other socially important venues has led her to perform for unusually versatile audiences.

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