He previously held a corresponding position at the Finnish National Opera from 2017.
Iivonen was first runner-up in the 2010 International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, thereby becoming only the second Finn ever to win a medal at this prestigious event. Other highlights of his career have included performing with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris. Iivonen performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Zubin Mehta at Tel Aviv in 2010. He has performed extensively around the world, on major international stages such as the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Tokyo Opera City and Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York. He has also served as a soloist with almost all of the orchestras in Finland.
Petteri Iivonen is a familiar figure in chamber music, performing with such distinguished ensembles as the Emerson and Tokyo Quartets. He is a founding member of the Sibelius Piano Trio, which secured a Latin Grammy nomination for its first album.