Tor Frømyhr, Principal Viola

CSO Chamber Ensemble

Portrait of Tor Frømyhr holding a viola
Tor Frømyhr, Principal Viola, Concertmaster Emeritus (Image: Martin Ollman)
Tor Frømyhr is Senior Lecturer in Performance (Violin/Viola) and for several years was Head of Strings at the ANU School of Music.

He has toured extensively nationally and internationally with chamber ensembles including Rialannah String Quartet, Australian Contemporary Music Ensemble, Queensland Piano Trio, Ensemble I, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Alpha Centauri Ensemble.

Tor has performed as soloist, conductor and concertmaster with a number of Australian orchestras and conducted and performed in festivals throughout Australia, Scandinavia, the USA, Germany, France, the UK and Italy. Performances have included many world and Australian premieres including works of Larry Sitsky, Peter Sculthorpe, Henryk Górecki, Leanne Bear, Andrew Ford, Pēteris Vasks, Michael Smetanin, Colin Brumby, Richard Mills, Steve Reich and others. He continues an extensive performance and conducting career with regular appearances in chamber music, concerto and solo recitals throughout Australia.

Important orchestral positions include Associate Concertmaster of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Principal Viola with both the Queensland Philharmonic and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO), and 12 years as Concertmaster of the CSO. As one of Australia’s leading pedagogues of his generation, Tor’s extensive teaching experience has included Faculty of Saarburg International Summer School in Germany and positions at the Tasmanian Conservatorium, Melbourne University, University of Queensland and the Queensland Conservatorium as well as the ANU School of Music. 

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