Seeli Toivio is a Finnish virtuoso cellist and Doctor of Music. She regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician in her home country Finland and abroad. She has recorded CD’s and DVD’s in Finland, Belgium and Bulgaria, and has performed in radio and TV in many countries (Finland’s YLE, England’s BBC, Belgium’s KLARA, etc.). Among other chamber groups, Seeli Toivio often performs as a duo with her brother, pianist and organist Kalle Toivio – they have performed together in Japan, USA, South Africa, and in many countries in Europe. In October 2012 Seeli Toivio performed at the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago and the Carnegie Hall in New York. Her next Carnegie Hall concert will be on october 8th, 2013, with Kalle Toivio. They will perform Beethoven, Lindberg, Sarasate, and Chopin.
Seeli Toivio has performed at such important venues as Finlandia Hall (Helsinki, Finland), Bozar – Palais de Beaux Arts (Brussels, Belgium), Queen Elizabeth Hall (Antwerp, Belgium and London, UK), Purcell Room (London, UK), Liszt Academy Concert Hall (Budapest, Hungary), Sibelius Academy Concert Hall (Helsinki, Finland), among others. Seeli Toivio has performed in almost all concert halls in Finland on numerous concert tours since 2006.Toivio started her cello studies at the age of four at the Lahti Conservatoire of Music with Jouko Paavola. She also studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Liszt Academy in Budapest (Hungary), and at the Royal Academy of Music in London (UK) with Erkki Rautio, Hannu Kiiski, Marcel Bergman, Martti Rousi, David Strange, and Miklós Perényi.
Seeli Toivio has cello diplomas from the Royal Acadmy of Music (1998), and the Sibelius Academy (2003). She got her Master ́s Degree from the Sibelius Academy in 2003. She graduated as Doctor of Music in 2009; her thesis was The Development of the Left Hand Cello Technique since the 18th Century – in the work she also introduces her own left hand technique, which she especially uses in virtuoso works. Seeli Toivio is most interested in and is a collector of cello music from the 18th and 19th centuries. She has performed most of A. F. Servais’ Cello Concertos and other works for cello and orchestra, among others.
Seeli Toivio’s repertoire includes soloist and chamber music works from the 17th century to the present day – she also arranges virtuoso violin works for cello (Sarasate, Paganini, Wieniawsky, Bazzini, Monti, etc.) which she often performs in her concerts. Alongside her solo career, she also enjoys performing versatile chamber music in various groups, and often plays at new music festivals.
Seeli Toivio has been a jury member in the Belgian cello competition “Servais” in 2007 and in 2009. She has also performed at the international Servais Festival in Belgium in 2006, 2007, and in 2010 with her brother, pianist Kalle Toivio, deFilharmonie Orchestra, violinist Linda Hedlund and harpist Lily-Marlene Puusepp. Together with Peter François, President of the Servais Society, she is studying the contribution of the Belgian cellist-composer Adrien François Servais (1807–1866) to the development of the cello technique.
Seeli Toivio plays a Nicholas L’Ainé cello from 1810.
Seeli Toivio CDs
Coming up in 2014: J. S. Bach Solo Cello Suites (Seeli Toivio’s double-CD), Rachmaninoff-Liszt (Duo Toivio), Duo Peili 2nd album. More information about these in the near future.
CelebCD, 2013 – to be published in September 2013
With Trio Ideale, Duo Toivio-Puusepp, Duo Peili, Jutta Holmberg, Linda Hedlund
Available from: Seeli Toivio / Concert Office, and other sources (to be informed soon)
Alba Records, 2011
Available from: in good music shops worldwide
Available from: Seeli Toivio / Concert Office, Fuga Music Shop, Digelius