Ilkka Talvi

Ilkka Talvi

Title: Concert Violinist
Company: Seattle Pacific University
Location:  Seattle, Washington, United States

Ilkka Talvi, concert violinist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the violin.

A self-proclaimed renaissance man whose musical talents enabled him to teach himself the violin before age 10, Mr. Talvi is an award-winning concertmaster whose work has brought him around the globe over the last 50 years. Since 2006, he has been performing with Rainer Symphony and teaching as a professor at Seattle Pacific University. Previously, he was a concertmaster for several musical groups including the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Waterloo Festival, the Seattle Opera and the Seattle Symphony. Internationally, Mr. Talvi was a concertmaster for the Malmö Symphony in Sweden and taught as a visiting lecturer for Porin Musiikkiopisto and Sibelius Academy in Finland. Considered an expert by industry leaders, he has also met with success in former roles including principal for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, freelance violinist for films in Los Angeles, CA, and soloist for recitals in Europe, including “Klami Violin Concerto,” “In Concordian,” “Diamond 2 Violin Concerto,” and “Ein Heldenleben.” A highlight of Mr. Talvi’s career was traveling with his violin and playing in France, Austria, Japan, South America, the Netherlands and England.

In recognition of his professional excellence, Mr. Talvi was the recipient of a Kuusankoski Award and numerous grants from organizations in Finland. Additionally, he was featured in Who’s Who in Entertainment three times and Who’s Who in America 12 times. When asked of his success in his career, Mr. Talvi says that he has accomplished what he has by staying the course and committing himself to his craft. He is regarded by others as someone who did things the right way rather than in a way that would cut corners and save time. According the Mr. Talvi, time is exactly what is needed to be a successful musician – practice and perseverance reigns above all else.

To prepare for a career in music, Mr. Talvi committed himself to his studies. He holds a diploma in violin from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, which he earned in 1966. From there, he studied under two master musicians, Gabrielle Bouillon and Ricardo Odnoposoff, in Vienna, Austria, then in Paris, France, under the same mentors. In the late 1960s, Mr. Talvi’s continued refining his techniques in the United States as a student in the Heifetz Master class at the University of Southern California and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, PA.

When he is not performing in concerts or teaching classes, Mr. Talvi loves spending time with his grandchildren Clarissa, Victor, Ellen and Ruben. Looking ahead to the future, he intends to continue in his love of music while taking on new opportunities to perform his field in the years to come.

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