Hailed as an artist with flawless technique along with expressive interpretation, Petteri Iivonen began his violin studies at the age of four. At the age of 9, he entered the Sibelius Academy as the last student of Tuomas Haapanen.
With additional guidance from Shlomo Mintz, Mr. Iivonen continued his studies with his friend and mentor, Hagai Shaham at the USC Thornton School of Music and at the Tel Aviv University. Receiving continuous support from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Mr. Iivonen will be continuing his studies with Prof. Shaham at Stony Brook University in New York. Silver Medalist and Special Prize winner at the 10th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2010, Mr. Iivonen holds the honor of becoming only the second Finnish violinist to win a medal in the history of the competition. He also remains the youngest winner of the quinquennial Kuopio National Violin Competition. As a devoted chamber musician, Mr. Iivonen is a regular guest artist at several music festivals inclunding the Naantali and Turku Music Festivals. He is also a founding member of the Sibelius Piano Trio. Mr. Iivonen plays a 1755 G. B. Guadagnini through the generosity of the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
About the Artist