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Silver Ainomäe, Cellist

About Silver

Silver Ainomäe portrait, by Zoe Prinds-Flash
Silver Ainomäe at Englewood Arts, by Willie Petersen

Cellist Silver Ainomäe has performed in over 30 countries in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. Born in Estonia, he began learning the cello at age six. After later migrating to Finland, he continued his studies at the acclaimed Sibelius Academy under the tutelage of Hannu Kiiski and Arto Noras.worldwide. Born in Estonia, he began cello at age six. After migrating to Finland, he attended the acclaimed Sibelius Academy, studying with Hannu Kiiski and Arto Noras.

Silver has won prizes at three international competitions: the Isang Yun Cello Competition, the Paulo Competition, and the Lutoslawski Competition. He's been Associate Principal Cello of the Minnesota Orchestra since 2016, following a seven-year term as Principal Cello of the Colorado Symphony.Silver has won prizes at the Isang Yun, Paulo, and Lutoslawski competitions. He's been Associate Principal Cello of the Minnesota Orchestra since 2016 after seven years as Principal of the Colorado Symphony.

His orchestral career has spanned more than two decades. He's worked with renown conductors Claudio Abbado, Seiji Osawa, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Franz Welzer-Möst. And he's collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Lang Lang, André Watts, Kathleen Battle, Branford Marsalis, Andrea Bocelli, Bela Fleck, and James Ehnes…among many others.His orchestral career has spanned more than two decades. He's worked with conductors Claudio Abbado, Seiji Osawa, and Riccardo Muti and artists Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Emanuel Ax…among many others.

A sought-after chamber musician and teacher, Silver has performed and taught at music festivals in Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, Greece, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Recently he's served as Principal Cellist at the Steamboat Strings Festival in Colorado and the Grand Teton Festival in Wyoming.He's performed and taught at festivals in Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, Greece, Germany, and the UK. Recently he's served as Principal Cellist at the Steamboat Strings Festival in Colorado and the Teton Festival in Wyoming.

Silver Ainomäe portrait, by Benji Inniger
Silver Ainomäe high-contrast color, by Benji Inniger
Silver Ainomäe chamber music with audience, by Benji Inniger
Silver Ainomäe onstage at Minnesota Orchestra Hall, by Benji Inniger