Timo-Veikko “Tipi” Valve is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation performing as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader on both modern and period instruments.
Valve studied at the Sibelius Academy in his home town of Helsinki and at the Edsberg Music Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, focusing in solo performance and chamber music in both institutions.
Tipi has performed as a soloist with all major orchestras in Finland and as a chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the US. He works closely with a number of Finnish composers and has commissioned new works for the instrument. Most recently Valve has premiered concertos by Aulis Sallinen and Olli Virtaperko. Highlights in the 2012-13 season include the world premieres of two new cello concertos written for him by Eero Hämeenniemi and Olli Koskelin.
In 2006 Valve was appointed Principal Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra with whom he frequently appears as soloist. He also curates the ACO’s chamber music series at Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay, Sydney. Tipi is a founding member of Jousia Ensemble and Jousia Quartet.
Valve’s instrument is attributed to both Giuseppe Guarneri (filius Andreæ) and Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri (del Gesù) from 1729, generously on loan from Mr Peter William Weiss AO.