Former Seattle Symphony Concertmaster Apologizes for Post About Fellow Musician

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Ilkka Talvi, the former concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, has posted an apology on his blog for comments about fellow violinist Maria Larionoff.

After Talvi, the orchestra's concertmaster for nearly two decades, was dismissed last year, he posted on the blog an attack on music director Gerard Schwarz and Larionoff, the group's acting concertmaster. The comments were later removed, but Larionoff threatened to file a libel suit.

Earlier this week, Talvi wrote on the blog:

I regret having posted statements that were interpreted as being about my former stand partner, now the acting concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. It is my understanding that some people have come to misapprehend my remarks which were intended to be humorous. The acting concertmaster is an accomplished musician, who has achieved her position by virtue of those accomplishments, and I wish her success in all she does.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the apology was part of a settlement agreement between Talvi and Larionoff. The two also agreed not make further public statements about each other.

The agreement follows a tentative deal reached last week between Talvi and the SSO in his wrongful termination suit. Terms of that agreement were not made public.


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