The violinist had served as concertmaster for nearly 20 years before the orchestra declined to renew his contract last year. After the SSO declined a request from the Seattle musicians' union for arbitration, the union filed suit; a judge ordered the orchestra to go to arbitration in March.
The case was complicated by Talvi's posting on his Internet blog a series of attacks, later removed, on SSO music director Gerard Schwarz and acting concertmaster Maria Larionoff. He also posted a rhetorical question—"Does this give me the right to go after families of those who, I feel, have wronged me?"—that frightened Schwarz's family and led to an investigation by police.
The terms of the settlement are confidential, according to a joint statement from the SSO and the union.