Timo Tapio Tolkki (3 March 1966) 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. He is also involved in Project Strato, a side project featuring former Stratovarius members. To this day, with his tenure extending for more than twenty years, Tolkki was the longest standing member of Stratovarius before his departure.
Guitar World magazine ranked him in the top 50 fastest guitar players in the world.
Tolkki started playing guitar at the age of 7. As a young teenager, it was not uncommon for him to practice 8 hours a day.
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 ...