Eino Matti "Eicca" Toppinen
is a Finnish cellist, songwriter, producer, arranger, and (as a
Toppinen grew up in Vantaa's Hakunila and has two older sisters and
two brothers.Toppinen began to play the cello at the age of 9, and
decided to start playing drums at the same time.He called himself
Eicca from a very young age to avoid confusion with his sister's
name, Aino Toppinen.
attended the Sibelius
Academy in Helsinki, where he
met Paavo Lötjönen,
Antero Manninen and Max Lilja. When he attended Sibelius, Eicca couldn't
get an apartment or student support money because he lived too
close to Helsinki; where the
In the beginning, that made Eicca feel down.
He tried to get away from his parents' house, but that wouldn't
work: he had to be at least 21 years old, and he couldn't afford to
live by himself.After graduating, he played for several orchestras,
like "Radio Symphony Orchestra" and "Avanti".He's also a founding
member of the Sibelius Academy's Cellosextet.
In 1993, he changed his mind about college
life. The members of the young Vivo Christian Orchestra got to
witness how their orchestra mates played 3 songs from one of
's albums, Ride the Lightning
.Two years later,
Apocalyptica performed at Helsinki's Teatro
Heavy Metal Club.
A week later, Kari Hynninen of Zen Garden
Records contacted Eicca for a deal to make their very first record:
Plays Metallica by
Manninen in 1999, and Max Lilja left the band in 2002. In 2006,
Mikko Sirén, who had played with the band on recordings and on
tour, was made a permanent member of Apocalyptica.
Toppinen married Kirsi Ylijoki
Finnish actress, in 1997. They live in an expansive rural area in
Sipoo, Finland.They have 2 children: Eelis, born in 1999 and
Ilmari, born in 2002.
After first writing songs for Apocalyptica, Toppinen also became
involved in the writing of music for various other projects, such
as the theatrical performance of Paper Rain
Finnish Film Milja
In 2007, Toppinen composed the soundtrack for the Finnish movie
"Musta Jää" (Black Ice). He has since been nominated and, on
February 3, 2008, won a Jussi Award
writing the score. He also wrote the movie's main theme, sung by
In December, 2007, Toppinen was invited to the Finnish Independence
Day Presidential Reception in Helsinki. He attended with his wife,
Kirsi, and was prominently featured in several news articles and
interviews. Unfortunately, he had 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 says his biggest achievement
- Terzi Antivarius
- Bendikt Lang (1984)
- Wilson/Benedek (1988)