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Timo-Veikko Valve


"His tone was so stunningly beautiful that a single note emitting from his instrument communicated more than others can express in a lifetime."
New York Times

Timo-Veikko ‘Tipi’ Valve is known as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. He performs as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader on both modern and period instruments.

He studied at the Sibelius Academy in his home town of Helsinki and at the Edsberg Music Institute in Stockholm, focusing on solo performance and chamber music. Tipi works closely with a number of composers and has commissioned new works for the cello. Most recently he has premiered concertos by Aulis Sallinen and Olli Virtaperko as well as two new cello concertos written for him by Eero Hämeenniemi and Olli Koskelin.

In 2006, he was appointed Principal Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra with whom he frequently appears as soloist. With the ACO he has premiered arrangements of Olli Mustonen’s Sonata for cello and chamber orchestra and an orchestrated version of the Debussy Cello Sonata. Tipi also curates the ACO’s chamber music series in Sydney.

Tipi is a founding member of Jousia Ensemble and Jousia Quartet. He plays a 1616 Brothers Amati cello, purchased by the ACO Instrument Fund.