Timo-Veikko Valve, cello

Timo-Veikko Valve began his studies at the West-Helsinki Music Institute when he was 6 years old. In 1997 he moved to the Sibelius Academy. His main teachers were Heikki Rautasalo, Marko Ylönenand 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 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, Kemiö Music Festival,Musica Nova Helsinki, Kuhmo Chamber Music, Lahti Sibelius-festival, Järvenpää Sibelius-festival and many other festivals abroad. Valve 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.

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

Concerts in 2010 will include the Schumann concerto with the Adelaide Symphony and the ACO, as well as World Premieres of concertos by Olli Virtaperko and Aulis Sallinen.

Valve plays a Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andreæ -cello from 1729. The cello has been made available for him by an anonymous Australian benefactor.