Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Wolf Tormann completed studies at the Musikhochschule with Professor Gerhard Mantel. He continued advanced studies with Arto Noras at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Mr. Tormann furthered his education at Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana U.S.A., where he studied with Janos Starker.
Wolf Tormann has been a member of various orchestras, including the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Opera Orchestra Halle, Stuttgart Philharmonic and from 1992-1994, the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, where he was assistant principal cellist.
While in Lisbon, Mr. Tormann performed more than 100 solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts a season, appeared as guest soloist with the Metropolitan Orchestra and was Professor of Cello at the National Academy for Orchestral Education. He was also a founding member of the Tagide String Quartet.
Since moving to Canada in 1994, Wolf has been principal cellist of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra since 1995 and has been on the substitution list in the cello section of the National Arts Centre Orchestra since 2001, performing over 1000 concerts with them. He has also toured with the National Arts Centre Orchestra on several occasions, recently, for three weeks in China.
For 9 years he was Music Director of a series of Chamber Music Soirées in Kingston, performing more than 25 concerts in and around the area, with both local and outside musicians. His duties included organizing, programming and hiring musicians for the concerts.
Currently, Wolf is an Instructor for Cello at Queen’s University and teaches through Queen’s Community Music, with a studio of twenty five studies. He is also Music Director of QCM’s Cello Orchestra and Queen’s Cello Ensemble.
Mr. Tormann has an active concert career, performing frequently as a soloist and in chamber music concerts with his colleagues from the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Queen’s University. He is the cellist of the National Piano Trio, which is the Ensemble in Residence for the National Music Camp of Canada.
Also in high demand as an adjudicator for music festivals across the country, most recent adjudications include the Alberta Provincial Finals, Edmonton Kiwanis, St. John’s Kiwanis, Pickering Kiwanis, and Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival.
Recordings include orchestral performances with the Orchestra Metropolitana, Lisbon, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa, the Kingston Symphony Association and solo recordings with Radio Difusao Portugal and CBC Radio Canada.
Mr. Tormann plays an 1804 Thomas Kennedy cello.