The Loviisa Sibelius Festival

ATTE KILPELÄINEN, viola

Atte Kilpeläinen’s music studies culminated in degrees from Cologne University of Music and Sibelius Academy.

Since 2005 he has held the position of principal viola in the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. As a guest leader he has worked in orchestras like Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

As a soloist he has performed with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Cologne Chamber Orchestra and City Orchestras of Kuopio and Oulu.

He has been a member of Meta4 string quartet since 2006. In 2007 Meta4 won 1st prize in International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna. Their three recordings for Hänssler Classics (Haydn op. 55, Shostakovich 3,4,7 and Bartok 1,5) have earned critical acclaim. Meta4 has also recorded music by Kaija Saariaho for Ondine and music by Jean Sibelius for Berliner Meisterschallplatten. From 2008 to 2016 Meta4 was the quartet in residence of Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.

Since 2012 Atte Kilpeläinen has been a part of faculty in Sibelius Academy. He has also given master classes in Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.