Metis is an ancient Greek mythological figure, an Oceanid from the second generation of Titans. The Greek word “metis” denotes quality that combined wisdom, cunning and skills.
“Mettis” string quartet – the 2nd prize winner of 8th international Bordeaux string quartet competition 2016 was founded in 2011, professors’ Augustinas Vasiliauskas string quartet class of Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA). All members – Kostas Tumosa (violin), Bernardas Petrauskas (violin), Karolis Rudokas (viola) and Rokas Vaitkevičius (cello) – are laureates of many republican and international competitions. They regulary perform solo, chamber music concerts, participates in various projects, masterclasses and in general are active persons of Lithuanian musical life. From the first performances young and ambicious quartet was rated as one of the most perspective ensembles of LMTA.
“Mettis” quartet regularly participates in masterclasses: They are improving in ECMA (European chamber music academy) sessions: Vilnius, Oslo (Norway), Grossraming, Vienna-Graffenegg (Austria), Manchester (UK), Fiesole (IT). From 2014 September “Mettis” are the members of ECMA. The quartet also took part in ISA’12 and ISA‘14 summer academies (Reichenau, Austria). They have worked with very famous European chamber music performers and professors: Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg quartet, Austria), Johannes Meissl (Artis quartet, Austria), Avedis Koyoumdjian (piano, Austria), Miguel da Silva (Ysaye quartet, France), Petr Prause (Talich quartet, Czech Republic/England), Patrick Judt (Austria), Peter Cropper (Lindsay quartet, England), Quartetto di Cremona (Italy) and many others. Because of succesful performances in ISA’12 competition and concerts, quartet was awarded with Vienna‘s university of Arts Joseph Haydn institute prize, in ISA’14 the quartet got two awards – chamber music award and Gottfried von Einem foundation award for outstanding interpretation of composer‘s string quartet.
In 2012 autumn „Mettis“ was selected for the masterclasses in Villecroze academy of music (France), where they have worked with legendary Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel and Ysaye quartet viola player Miguel da Silva. After these masterclasses, on 2012-10-25 „Mettis“ quartet played their debut recital in National museum of applied arts in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2012 December they have won the 1st place and special prize in XII international Lithuanian chamber music performance competition in Vilnius and also were selected to represent the academy in Harmos‘13 festival (Porto, Portugal), where they had three successful concerts. In 2013 May “Mettis” have participated in European Festival of Music Academies (EFAM) in Warsaw, Poland, where they have represented LMTA. In 2013 June quartet was invited to take part in 49th Chamber music festival of Plovdiv (Bulgaria). In 2015 they traveled to Bordeaux (France) string quartet festival, where they have participated in masterclasses and concerts. There “Mettis” have successfully performed the string quintet by Mozart together with Ysaye quartet viola player Miguel da Silva. In June the quartet performed string octet by F.Mendelsohn in Vilnius festival together with Quartetto di Cremona (Italy). Recently “Mettis” have released their debut CD with Beethoven and Shostakovich string quartets. Also in January 2016 “Mettis” had their concert debut in prestigious “Wigmore hall” in London (England). In May 2016 they have won the 2nd prize and the special prize for the best performance of L.Durosoir string quartet in 8th International Bordeaux string quartet competition in France.