Seattle Symphony Reaches Settlement With Former Concertmaster

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The Seattle Symphony has reached a tentative settlement in the wrongful termination suit filed by former concertmaster Ilkka Talvi.

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.

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