Timo-Veikko Valve began his studies at the West-Helsinki Music Institute when he was 6 years old with Eleonora Joffe. In 1997 he moved on to study at the Sibelius Academy. His main teachers were Heikki Rautasalo, Marko Ylönen and Teemu Kupiainen. Valve continued on to study in Edsberg, Stockholm with Torleif Thedéen and Mats Zetterqvist. He graduated from Edsberg in 2006 and from the Sibelius Academy in 2007 focusing on solo performance and chamber music in both institutions. 

Timo-Veikko has performed as a soloist with the Helsinki Filharmonia, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Lahti, Tampere Filharmonia and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra among others. He has also appeared broadly both as a soloist and a chamber musician in Europe, Asia, Australia and in the US. 

Valve has appeared at the Helsinki Festival, Musica Nova Helsinki, Kuhmo Chamber Music, Lahti Sibelius-festival, Järvenpää Sibelius-festival and many other festivals abroad. He records regularly for the Finnish Broadcasting Company and has given world premiere performances of youth works by Jean Sibelius as well as many other works by contemporary composers, most recently concertos by Aulis Sallinen and Olli Virtaperko.

In November 2006 he was appointed Principal Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and appears as a soloist with his own orchestra frequently. Valve is also a founding member of Jousia Ensemble and Jousia Quartet. He performs also regularly with pianist Joonas Ahonen and accordionist Veli Kujala.

During the 2010 season Timo played the Schumann Concert with the Adelaide Symphonic Orchestra, the premiere performance of Olli Virtaperko’s and Aulis Sallinen’s works, as well as the Beethoven’s Cycle with Joonas Ahonen in Australia.

Concert highlights in 2011 include performances of the Dvořák Concerto in Melbourne and Helsinki, the Brahms Double Concerto with Tapiola Sinfonietta and the world premiere of a new cello concerto written for him by Eero Hämeenniemi with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra.

Valve’s instrument is attributed to both Giuseppe Guarneri (filius Andreæ) and Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri (del Gesù) from 1729. The cello has been generously made available for him by Mr Peter Weiss AM.

Read an extensive article on the 1729 Guarneri cello here

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