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Timo-Veikko Valve & Aura Go

Pianist Aura Go and cellist Timo-Veikko Valve are a duo working closely together in chamber music. They have performed at festivals and in various concert series around Australia. During the Covid-19 quarantine they focused on Beethoven’s sonatas and performed them together with works by Anton Webern for cello and piano on an extensive tour across Australia. Following the concert tour, the duo recorded a programme for ABC Classic. The album will be released in January 2024.

The concert is arranged with Helsinki Seriös.


L. v. Beethoven:
Sonata for cello and piano No. 3 A Major, Op. 69

Anton Webern:
Sonata for cello and piano (1914)
Two pieces for cello and piano (1899)
Three small pieces, Op.11

L. v. Beethoven:
Sonata for cello and piano No.5 D Major, Op. 102/2

Aura Go is an Australian pianist whose practice encompasses performance, collaboration, curation, education and artistic research. She performs across the globe, as soloist in concerti from J.S. Bach to Sofia Gubaidulina, as recitalist and chamber musician in programs that interweave old and new music, and as creative collaborator in the development of new music and multi-artform projects. In recent reasons, Aura has worked as concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Melbourne, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. Aura has performed at international festivals including the Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, PianoEspoo, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Metropolis Festival, and the Musica Viva Festival.

Aura is Head of Piano at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance, Monash University. She received her doctorate from the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, where her artistic research drew on the acting methodology of Michael Chekhov to explore the embodied imagination, creativity, and collaboration in music performance. www.aurago.net

Timo-Veikko Valve, affectionately known by audiences far and wide as “Tipi”, grew up in Finland, surrounded by a family who are “musically orientated normal people”. Music lessons were a natural part of his upbringing, and at six years old, Tipi was encouraged to pick up the cello after a teacher at the local music school declared with considerable conviction that “he looks just like a cellist!”. To this day, Tipi remains somewhat puzzled about what that statement actually meant. Whatever the subtext, the teacher seems to have been correct.

Valve was appointed Principal Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2006, and his leadership soon became an integral part of the ACO. Recognised for his natural, crea’ve, and generous musicianship, Tipi seeks to define the modern-day musician. Prior to his Australian adventure, Tipi studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki before con’nuing to the Edsberg Music Institute in Stockholm.

Tipi effortlessly transitions between modern and period instruments and describes the cello as a flexible and adaptive partner, both in its role in an ensemble and as a soloist, across all forms of music. He reflects this versatility and enjoys a diverse career as a musician, curator and director, directing from the cello as he plays and appearing as a soloist with many of the major orchestras across his two home countries, Finland, and Australia. Tipi is also a sought-after collaborator and frequently appears as a chamber musician. His active commitment to the music of our times through curating and commissioning has seen him delivering world premiere performances of multiple concertos and other significant works written especially for him. www.timo-veikkovalve.fi