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native of Nelson,
BC, Gordon Wolfe joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Associate
Trombone in 2001 and took over the role of Principal Trombone in 2006.
Gordon began his musical training in Junior High School, where he
euphonium, tuba and bassoon. He was finally forced to focus on the
after a lecture by his band teacher for being a “jack of all
five long years, Gordon received his Bachelor Degree in Music Education
University of Victoria, finally achieving his goal of becoming a band
After one day of supply teaching, he decided to take a more serious
being a trombonist.
Gordon returned to the University of Victoria to finish his
Master’s Degree in
Music Performance after spending one year in the Orchestral Training
McGill University. He was fortunate to study with such world-class
Thomas Eadie, Ian McDougall and Peter Sullivan.
In February of 1996 he auditioned for and won the second trombone
the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. One month later, he won the same
the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. During his five years in Winnipeg,
enjoyed teaching at the University of Manitoba, performing with the
Jazz Orchestra and touring Manitoba with Northern Brass, a brass
up of members of the WSO.
In addition to his work with the TSO, Gordon has kept very busy during
summer months as Principal Trombone of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra
Ohio, the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado and the Sun
Summer Symphony in Idaho. He has also performed as a guest with the Los
Philharmonic and the National Arts Centre Orchestra and was a founding
of the Central Park Brass. The CPB is a privately funded brass quintet
performs free concerts in New York City’s Central Park.
Education is a key
focus for the group, regularly visiting the Union Settlements in Harlem
with less privileged children.
Outside of his orchestral work, he has been featured as a soloist with
Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Toronto and the Hannaford Street
Gordon is thrilled to be living and working in Toronto. He is currently
faculty at the Glenn Gould School where he has the opportunity to work
some of the best young brass players in Canada. He has also enjoyed
involved with many of the TSO’s educational programs,
performing for thousands
of students in the Greater Toronto Area.