Kimmo Hakola's String Quartet No. 4 op. 95 (2016) was commissioned by the Kimito Island Music Finland and it's dedicated to the Meta4 Quartet. In composer's words, it is "the floundering, playful, if necessary defiantly dramatic, surprising, capricious and unrestrained tour de force of a youthful entity."
Kimmo Hakola has gone through a number of styles and influences in his career as a composer, his idiom expanding at times to embrace Romanticism, Orientalism and klezmer. He has attained international recognition with an output that spans various genres from intimate solo works to full-length operas such as La Fenice (2011) commissioned by the Savonlinna Opera Festival. Many of his works are expansive and epic: his Piano Concerto (1996), for instance, clocks in at 55 minutes. Hakola says that he sees music as drama. His dramas explore almost Shakespearean extremes, from moments of raging sound and fury and violent battles to quiet moments of meditation and heart-rending monologues.
Kimmo Hakolan jousikvartetto nro 4 op. 95 (2016) oli Kemiönsaaren Musiikkijuhlien tilausteos ja se on omistettu kantaesityksen soittaneelle Meta4-kvartetille. Säveltäjän sanoin neljäs jousikvartetto on "pyristelevä, leikkisä, tarvittaessa uhmakkaan dramaattinen, yllätyksellinen, oikukas ja pidäkkeetön nuorekkaan entiteetin voiman osoitus."