Violinist and conductor Tor Frømyhr has toured extensively nationally and internationally with many chamber ensembles including Rialannah String Quartet, Australian Contemporary Music Ensemble, Queensland Piano Trio, Ensemble I, Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Alpha Centauri. He has performed as soloist, conductor and concertmaster with a number of Australian orchestras and conducted and performed in festivals in Scandinavia, USA, Germany, France, UK and Italy. Many performances have included world or Australian premieres. He continues an extensive performance and conducting career with regular appearances with the Canberra Symphony and in chamber music and solo recitals throughout Australia. He also continues an active participation in the creation of new works and maintains close links with many of Australia’s foremost composers.
After undergraduate studies in Hobart with the renowned teacher Jan Sedivka, Tor was awarded an Australia Council Post-graduate Performance scholarship for continued advanced study. While in Tasmania he conducted the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and after moving to Queensland in 1980 to teach at the University of Queensland, conducted for many years for the Queensland Youth Orchestra Organization. He was made an honorary life member of QYO after many years of contribution to the development of that organization.
Orchestral positions have included Associate Concertmaster of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Principal Viola with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. His extensive teaching experience has included positions at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University, University of Queensland and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. A significant number of his students continue to attain a high professional status both within Australia and overseas as performers and teachers. Tor has been a long-term School of Music faculty member, including as lecturer in violin and Violia, Head of Strings, and Contemporary Music Ensemble.