About Us

The Odysseus String Quartet was established in 2009 formed by Finnish violinists Linnea Hurttia (first violin) and Sylvia Hurttia (second violin), the Japanese violinist/violist Maya Egashira (viola) and the Estonian cellist Johannes Teppo.
The Quartet studied the chamber music in the Sibelius Academy with Paavo Pohjola, Marko Ylönen and Risto Fredriksson.

The Odysseus String Quartet has followed the most renowned artists, including Hatto Beyerle, Gerhard Schultz, Johannes Meissl, Jan Talich and Engegård-String Quartet.
In 2010, the Odysseus String Quartet was accepted to the prestigious master course in Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena where they studied with Günter Pichler and Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg Quartet.
In 2011, the Quartet was accepted to the ISA-International Sommerakademie PragWienBudapest with full scholarship.

The Odysseus String Quartet has performed extensively in Finland, Estonia, Italy, Spain, Austria and Portugal. The most notable performances include Sibelius Academy Chamber Music week, Naantali Music Festival and Turku Music Festival among others. 
Their interest extends over the regular repertoire to the contemporary music. The Quartet collaborates with contemporary composers and it made the Finnish premier of “Musique pour quatuor à cordes et piano” by a Japanese composer Teizo Matsumura in Sibatomo Concert in 2011.

In 2010, Martin Wegelius Foundation awarded the scholarship to the Odysseus String Quartet. It also received scholarships from Viljo Laitisen and Riitta Parikka-Laitinen Foundation, Sibelius-Academy, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena and ISA-International Sommerakademie PragWienBudapest.