Petteri Iivonen - violin
Petteri Iivonen was born in 1987, and began to study the violin at the Helsinki Conservatory when he was four years old. It is telling that Petteri won the Erkki Melartin chamber music competition when he was 15 years old: Petteri's nuanced talent as a musical collaborator (as a partner who listens) remains easy to hear, even in his solo and concerto repertoire.
Since 1997, Petteri's principal teachers have been Tuomas Haapanen and Hagai Shaham. Petteri continues to study despite his increasingly busy concert schedule of solo recitals and concertos in the United States, Germany, Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, Israel, Portugal, Spain and Italy.
Petteri has performed with Paul Neubauer and David Grossman of the New York Philharmonic, and Kevin Fitz-Gerald in Los Angeles. Petteri was invited to perform with pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough to open The Broad Stage in Santa Monica in 2008.