Minna Pensola plays in the string quartet known as Meta4, which took first prize in the International Shostakovich Quartet Competition in Moscow in 2004 and in the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna in 2007. She has appeared as soloist with almost all the Finnish orchestras. In 2008 Pensola founded the Klasariklubi in Helsinki, which combines the leisurely atmosphere of an evening bar with an opportunity to hear live classical music. She also established the PuKama chamber music association, which organises concerts. It is a joint project between her and her husband, the violinist Antti Tikkanen, intended to liven up the chamber music scene in the Finnish capital. Minna Pensola graduated from the Zurich Music Academy and the European Chamber Music Academy. Here main teachers include Jerzy Blaszkiewicz, Leonid Mordkovich, Kaija Saarikettu, Ana Chumachenko, Josef Rissin and Hatto Beyrle. Pensola herself teaches violin at the Sibelius Academy. Her instrument is a Carlo Bergonzi violin from 1732 and her hobbies are being amazed by her two young daughters, keeping an eye on them and cleaning up after them.
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