Wolf Tormann

Wolf Tormann

Continuing Adjunct Lecturer, Cellist in the Isabel Quartet

M.Mus. (Musikhochschule, Frankfurt)

Cello, Cello Ensemble, Chamber Music, Orchestra


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The Hamilton Spectator described Wolf Tormann as a “musician of high artistry”. The Frankfurter Rundschau calls Mr. Tormann a “cellist of spontaneous elegance with a sound both honeyed and noble, displaying virtuosity and musicality in massive doses.” Having performed solo recitals in Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Portugal, the United States and Canada, Mr. Tormann maintains an active concert career. He has recorded for Radio Difusao Portugesa, as well as the CBC.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Mr. Tormann completed studies at the Musikhochschule with Professor Gerhard Mantel and continued advanced studies with Arto Noras at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He then furthered his education at Indiana University where he studied with Janos Starker. Mr. Tormann has been a member of various orchestras including the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Opera Orchestra Halle, Stuttgart Philharmonic and Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra where he was principal cellist. While in Lisbon, he performed more than one hundred solo, chamber and orchestra concerts a season, appeared as a guest soloist with the Metropolitan Orchestra, was Professor of Cello at the National Academy for Orchestral Education and founded the Tagide String Quartet.

Since coming to Canada in 1994, Mr. Tormann has been in great demand, performing regularly in recital and chamber music concerts, appearing as guest soloist with numerous orchestras and adjudicating competitions and festivals. He is currently the principal cellist of the Kingston Symphony, and is an Adjunct Studio Instructor in Cello at Queen’s University DAN School of Drama and Music. He plays frequently in the cello section of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.