Norman Reintamm was born in Hamilton, Canada. His musical life started as a chorister at Christ’s Church Cathedral (Anglican) in the same city. Having graduated from Hillfield-Strathallan College, he went on to study music at the Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto and McMaster University. Norman apprenticed with the Vancouver Chamber Choir under Jon Washburn and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra under Boris Brott.
Norman’s postgraduate studies were done at the Royal College of Music under Sir Norman del Mar, Sir David Willcocks, Christopher Adey and Sir Richard Popplewell (organ). At the same time he was at the Royal College of Music, he conducted ballet performances with the Young London Ballet Company at Sadlers Wells Theatre.
Returning to Canada, he guest conducted with the London Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and was the Conductor and Music Director for the Toronto Pops Orchestra at Massey Hall in Toronto and Conductor of the Lyra Borealis Chamber Orchestra.
In 1989, Norman left Canada for Europe, settling in Tallinn, Estonia and becoming a conductor in the Estonian National Opera, “Vanemuine” State Theatre, and the BelEtage Theater in Tallinn, Estonia. While working in Estonia, he was also a coach and conductor at the Sibelius Academy Opera Department in Finland and the Head of Opera Studies at the Estonian Academy of Music.
Upon leaving Estonia, Norman returned to Canada to work with the Orpheus Choir of Toronto, the National Ballet of Canada, and eventually took his present position as Conductor and Artistic Director of the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra in Toronto.
Norman has also delved into musical composition. Some of his most recent compositions include works performed at Winchester Cathedral and Yorkminster Cathedrals in England.
As an instrumental musician, Norman is the pianist for TrioEstonia. This is a collaborative piano trio based in Toronto and Tallinn (Estonia), specializing in chamber music of Estonian composers written both within and outside of Estonia. In addition TrioEstonia also performs standard chamber music repertoire.
As pastimes, Norman has been seen out on the golf course, and helping crew sailing vessels of his “high seas” friends.