Kalle Toivio, DMA

Kalle Toivio 2020

Kalle Toivio, DMA



Recital – NYACOP/NCOI 2018 Winners
First Presbyterian Church
7/9/2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
7/9/2020 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Kalle Toivio is a Finnish-American virtuoso concert organist and 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 conjunction with the 2018 AGO National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. His debut CD, Improvisations at St. Ignatius, was released in 2019 by the Pro Organo label.

Dr. Toivio has played recitals at the Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Carnegie Hall, Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. In the Summer of 2019, Dr. Toivio had an extensive tour in Finland and Sweden which included recitals at the Turku and Helsinki Cathedrals, Mänttä Music Festival, Lahti Organ Festival, and a recital in Mörrum, Sweden.

Dr. Toivio is the Organist and Director of Music at the Church of Notre Dame in New York and is on the organ faculty of Manhattan School of Music Precollege. He is also the founder and Sub-Dean of the Finland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Dr. Toivio graduated with a Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Church Music from the Sibelius Academy. He received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Organ Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He is married to concert pianist and actress, Viktoriya Papayani.

Visit Dr. Toivio’s website at www.kalletoivio.com.