Artist Bio

Petteri Iivonen, violin

Silver medalist and Special Prize winner at the Tenth International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2010, Petteri Iivonen has the honor of being only the second Finnish violinist to win a medal in the history of the competition. Highlights of Iivonen’s career include appearances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia in Belgium, and New European Ensemble in Netherlands, as well as the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has performed with all of the major orchestras in Finland including the Helsinki and Turku Philharmonic Orchestras, Lahti and Oulu Symphony Orchestras, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Chamber Orchestra, and Tapiola Sinfonietta. In 2010, Iivonen performed the monumental Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto under the baton of Zubin Mehta at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has collaborated with world-renowned artists such as Nobuko Imai, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Clive Greensmith, Atar Arad, Frans Helmerson, Michaela Martin, Paul Neubauer, Martin Beaver, and Ara Gregorian, along with the Michelangelo and Tokyo String Quartets. He is a founding member of the Sibelius Piano Trio. Born in Helsinki, Petteri Iivonen began studying violin at the age of four. His teachers have included Tuomas Haapanen, Shlomo Mintz, and Hagai Shaham.

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