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Eicca Toppinen

Eicca Matti Toppinen
Background information
Born (1975-08-05) 5 August 1975
Origin Vantaa, Finland
Genres Symphonic metal, cello rock
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, songwriter
Instruments Cello, Drums, Piano

Eino Matti "Eicca" Toppinen (born 5 August 1975) is a Finnish cellist, songwriter, producer, arranger, and (as a hobby) drummer. In 1993 he formed the quartet Apocalyptica.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Toppinen's Idols 2
  • Equipment 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Toppinen grew up in Vantaa's Hakunila and has three sisters and one brother, all of whom took instrument lessons while growing up.[2] He started playing cello when he was nine.[3] He and his sisters made several amateur recordings for their family, usually for Christmas.[4]

He attended the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he met future Apocalyptica band members Paavo Lötjönen, Antero Manninen, and Max Lilja. After graduating, he played for several orchestras, including Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Avanti! chamber orchestra. He's also a founding member of the Sibelius Academy's Cellosextet. When attending Sibelius Academy, Eicca could not get an apartment or student support money because he lived too close to Helsinki, where the Academy resides.[2]

In 1993, when Toppinen was still studying in Sibelius Academy, the young Vivo Christian Orchestra played three songs from the Metallica album, Ride The Lightning. According to Toppinen, he did not have notes for any other albums.[2]

Two years later, Apocalyptica performed at Teatro Heavy Metal Club in Helsinki,[5] on the same night with His Infernal Majesty, later to be known as HIM. A week later, Kari Hynninen of Zen Garden Records contacted Eicca to discuss a deal to make their very first record, Plays Metallica by Four Cellos.[6]

Toppinen married Kirsi Ylijoki, a Finnish actress, in 1997. They live in an expansive rural area in Sipoo, Finland. They have 2 children: Eelis, born in 1998, and Ilmari, born in 2002.[2]

After first writing songs for Apocalyptica, Toppinen also became involved in various other projects, such as the theatrical performance of Paper Rain and the Finnish Film Milja. In 2007, Toppinen composed the soundtrack for the Finnish movie Musta Jää (Black Ice). On 3 February 2008 he won a Jussi Award for writing the score. He also wrote the movie's main theme song, sung by Hanna Pakarinen.

In December, 2007, Toppinen was invited to the Finnish Independence Day Presidential Reception in Helsinki, which he attended with his wife, Kirsi, and was prominently featured in the media. Unfortunately, this caused him to miss Apocalyptica's sold-out show in Strasbourg, France. The first time he had ever missed a performance by his band in 14 years.

Toppinen was responsible for writing the score for the classical-metal crossover project Wagner Reloaded-Live in Leipzig which was recorded live in Leipzig Arena in July 2013 and released as an Apocalyptica album in November 2013.

Toppinen says his biggest achievement is Apocalyptica.

Famous for being Apocalyptica cellist, also he's drummer of the Finnish rock band Cherry & The Vipers, together with his wife Kirsi.

Toppinen's Idols

Yo-Yo Ma

Tom Waits

Mstislav Rostropovich

James Hetfield



Lupot (1787) Postiglione (1857)


Guillaume A. Vigneron


Thomastik-Infeld Spirocore


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Apocalyptica".  
  2. ^ a b c d Metal familyman. 2006 Interview for
  3. ^ Live Burns DVD
  4. ^ interview 2011
  5. ^
  6. ^ Clark-Meads, Jeff (Oct 12, 1996). "Apocalyptica Strings Metallica Along". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 108 (41): 14.  

External links

  • Eicca Toppinen - photo-gallery
  • Interviews with Eicca Toppinen
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