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Timo Tolkki


1985-1989 Stratovarius - guitars, vocals  
1989-1992 Stratovarius - guitars, vocals, bass  
1992-1994 Stratovarius - guitars, vocals  
1994- Timo Tolkki - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards  
1994-2008 Stratovarius - guitars, backing vocals  
2008-2010 Revolution Renaissance - guitars  
2010-2011 Symfonia - guitars  
2012- Timo Tolkki's Avalon - guitars, bass  
2013- Allen/Lande - guitars, keyboards, bass  

Studio musician

2013-2014 Ring Of Fire - bass  
2015 Chaos Magic - guitars, bass, keyboards  

Guest musician

1993 Kyyria - backing vocals  
1994 Corporal Punishment - backing vocals  
1994 Antidote - backing vocals  
1998 Edguy - guitars  
2001 Avantasia - vocals  
2002 Avantasia - guitars  
2002 Thunderstone - guitars  
2010 Beto Vázquez Infinity - guitars  
2022 Kate Nord - guitars  

Personal information

Born on: 03.03.1966


Timo Tolkki (born March 3, 1966, in Nurmijärvi, Finland) is best known as the former guitarist, songwriter, and producer of the Finnish power metal band Stratovarius. He left Stratovarius in 2008 and formed a new band, Revolution Renaissance.

Tolkki joined Stratovarius in 1984. Prior to this, he had already played with the bands Antidote, Thunder and Road Block. At the beginning of his career with Stratovarius, he served as vocalist as well as handling all lead and rhythm guitars, and at times bass guitar (until long-term bassist Jari Kainulainen was hired). This led to an important decision after the band's third album, Dreamspace, which was to be the acquisition of singer and trained vocalist, Timo Kotipelto, in 1994. This was largely due to Tolkki's desire to evolve the 'sound' and overall musical direction of Stratovarius (which ultimately resulted in the remaining original members of the band, Tuomo Lassila and Antti Ikonen, being unceremoniously fired), as well as feeling the need to concentrate more exclusively on his own guitar work.

In that same year, Tolkki released his first solo album, Classical Variations And Themes, which had at the time been one of his longtime ambitions. The album turned out to be quite different from his work with Stratovarius; comprising influences of neo-classical metal and a focus on primarily instrumental compositions. In 2002 he released his second solo album, Hymn To Life, which showed a much more personal side; dealing with such emotional issues as his relationship with God and his late father.

At one point in 2004, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder following a nervous breakdown, which occurred some months after Stratovarius disbanded. After a period of rehabilitation, he went on to make a full recovery later that year and subsequently opened Goldenworks Mixing Suite, which was to be his own recording studio.

Tolkki then created a metal opera called Saana - Warrior of Light. Part One was released on March 14, 2008. It featured a number of guest vocalists, including soprano Jennifer Sowle in the lead role, as well as Aino Laos, Janette Sainio and Heikki Pöyhiä of Twilightning in other roles.