About us

About us

Mettis string quartet from Vilnius Lithuania.

  • Kostas Tumosa (Violin)
  • Bernardas Petrauskas (Violin)
  • Karolis Rudokas (Viola)
  • Rokas Vaitkevičius (Cello)

The Winner of IX International V.E.Rimbotti competition in Italy July 2016.

The 2nd prize winner of 8th International Bordeaux String Quartet Competition in France May 2016.

European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) ensemble

Biography

METTIS was founded in 2011 during Professor Augustinas Vasiliauskas’ string quartet classes at the Lithuanian Academy of Music & Theatre (LMTA). From its first performances, this young and ambitious Quartet was rated as one of the most promising ensembles of LMTA. All of its members – Kostas Tumosa (violin), Bernardas Petrauskas (violin), Karolis Rudokas (viola) and Rokas Vaitkevičius (cello) – are prize winners of many national and international competitions. They all regularly perform as solo artists and as chamber musicians, participate in numerous projects and masterclasses, and are all active in the musical life of their home country, Lithuania.

All of its members – Kostas Tumosa (violin), Bernardas Petrauskas (violin), Karolis Rudokas (viola) and Rokas Vaitkevičius (cello) – are prize winners of many national and international competitions. They all regularly perform as solo artists and as chamber musicians, participate in numerous projects and masterclasses, and are all active in the musical life of their home country, Lithuania.

Over recent years the Quartet have worked with such esteemed musicians as Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet), Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet), Avedis Koyoumdjian, Petr Prause (Talich Quartet), Patrick Judt, Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet), Cremona String Quartet and many others.

Since September 2014 the Mettis Quartet have been members of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) and as such have participated in masterclasses across Europe, including in Vilnius (Lithuania), Oslo, (Norway), Grossraming, Vienna, Graffenegg (Austria), Manchester (UK) and Fiesole (Italy).

The quartet also took part in the International Summer Academy (ISA) in Reichenau, Austria, in both 2012 and 2014. As a result of their successful performances during the 2012 ISA they were awarded Vienna University of Arts’ Joseph Haydn Institute prize. During the 2014 ISA they were awarded the Chamber Music Prize plus the Gottfried von Einem Foundation Award for outstanding interpretation of the composer‘s string quartet.

In autumn 2012 the Mettis Quartet was selected to participate in masterclasses at the Villecroze Academy of Music in France where they worked with the legendary Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel, and with viola player of the Ysaÿe quartet Miguel da Silva. In October 2012 they made their debut at the National Museum of Applied Arts in Vilnius, and in December that year they won 1st prize and the Special prize in the XII International Lithuanian Chamber Music Competition in Vilnius. They were subsequently selected to play at the 2013 Harmos Festival in Porto, Portugal, where they gave three well received concerts.

In May 2013 the Mettis Quartet took part in the European Festival of Music Academies (EFAM) in Warsaw, Poland, where they represented LMTA. In June 2013 they were invited to take part in 49th Chamber Music Festival of Plovdiv in Bulgaria, and in 2015 they travelled to Bordeaux, France, for the String Quartet Festival where they participated in masterclasses and concerts. During this Festival the Quartet performed Mozart’s String Quintet with Miguel da Silva (viola) of the Ysaÿe Quartet. In June 2013 the quartet performed Mendelssohn’s Octet at the Vilnius Festival with the Quartetto di Cremona from Italy.

In 2015 The Mettis Quartet released their debut CD of Beethoven and Shostakovich string quartets.

In January 2016 the Quartet made their debut at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London, and in May they won 2nd prize at the 8th Bordeaux International String Quartet competition, as well as Durosoir prize for the best performance Durosoir’s string quartet during the competition. 2016 July saw their debut performance at Janine Jansen’s International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht. Later in July the quartet have won IX International V.E.Rimbotti competition in Italy.

Recenly the Mettis have played several concerts in Austria, Italy, Germany and Lithuania. 2017 summer and autumn will see the quartet performing in Austria, Bulgaria, France, Hungary and China.