Founded in 2002, Kamus is one of the most prominent Nordic ensembles and continues to delight audiences with a strong and distinctive voice. In 2017 the quartet launched a new CD and toured around the world including to Mexico, UK, Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands, including their celebrated Concertgebouw debut in Amsterdam. The new CD, which includes the world premiere recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s string quartet ”Homunculus” won the EMMA-prize as best classical music record in Finland 2018. It followed the acclaimed album ”Different Voices” featuring Sibelius’s Voces Intimae, which was awarded the prize as best classical music album of Year 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. The quartet 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, at the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) and at the Britten Pears Academy in Aldeburgh, UK. Prestigious training along with support from a number of distinguished artists, has helped Kamus to find its own personal style and voice. The studies include the ECMA program, which concentrated on musical rhetoric and the performance practice of the classical era. Aldeburgh Music’s Hugh Maguire, former student of George Enescu, 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 hosts the ”Meidän festivaali” (Our Festival) in Tuusula since 2018.