Dr. Kalle Toivio is an Finnish-American virtuoso concert organist pianist living in New York City. He is the winner of the First Prize at the prestigious American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation held in conjuction with the 2018 AGO National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.
Dr. Toivio has played organ recitals at Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Riverside Church, St. Mary the Virgin and at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage in Washington D.C. Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Central Lutheran Church of Minneapolis, Kalle Toivio has toured in Europe, Japan and the United States. He has performed in Television and Radio in Finland, England, Belgium and Austria. In the United States Kalle Toivio has played recitals at the Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago and at the Carnegie Hall. Before moving to the United States, Kalle Toivio performed at numerous Mänttä Music Festivals since their founding in 1999.Kalle Toivio is the Organist and Director of Music at the Church of Notre Dame in New York City. Dr. Toivio is in the organ faculty of Manhattan School of Music Precollege as well as on the Piano Faculty of the Stamford Music Arts Academy.Dr. Toivio is the founder and Sub-Dean of the Finland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Dr. Kalle Toivio has graduated from the Sibelius Academy with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Church Music as well as Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. At the Sibelius Academy his principal teachers were Hui-Ying Liu-Tawastjerna and Matti Raekallio in Piano Performance, Ville Urponen in Organ Performance, Timo Kiiskinen and Juhani Haapasalo in Liturgical Music and Pekka Suikkanen in Organ Improvisation. After moving to New York City Dr. Toivio continued his organ and conducting studies at the Manhattan School of Music from where he received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Organ Performance and was honored with the Bronson Ragan Award twice, given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding ability in Organ Performance. His doctoral dissertation is on transcriptions for the organ of concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. Kalle Toivio has continued his organ studies with James David Christie and organ improvisation with David Briggs.
For more than seven years Kalle Toivio studied the art of organ playing and improvisation with the legendary McNeil Robinson (1943–2015). For almost two decades Kalle Toivio has studied the art of piano playing with Nina Svetlanova.
Kalle Toivio is married to concert pianist and actress Viktoriya Papayani.