Norman Reintamm began his musical career as a chorister at Christ’s Church Cathedral in Hamilton, Canada. After his primary musical studies, he went on to undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto and McMaster University. Postgraduate studies were done at the Royal College of Music in London, England, where he studied under Sir David Willcocks and Sir Norman del Mar. While there, he also studied organ with Sir Richard Popplewell and was awarded the Cobbett-Hurlestone and Theodore Stier Conducting Prizes. He also won prestigious apprenticeships to both the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Reintamm worked in Europe for a number of years, working at the Estonian National Opera as Senior Resident Conductor and at the Estonian Academy of Music as Head of the Opera Department. He also taught at the world-renowned Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in its Opera Department as a coach and conductor. He was also associate conductor of the Vanemuine State Academic Theatre in Tartu, Estonia. On his return to Canada, he took the position of Assistant Conductor of the National Ballet of Canada and Interim Conductor of the Orpheus Choir of Toronto. Maestro Reintamm accepted the position of Conductor and Artistic Director of Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, an 80 member symphony orchestra, resident at the P.C. Ho Theatre in Toronto.
Reintamm is very active not only as a conductor, but also as a performing musician. He is the pianist for Trio Estonia, based in Tallinn, Estonia. This past season this ensemble toured Southern Ontario and Estonia, including performance at the Suure-Jaani Music Festival in Estonia. Reintamm believes that to be a successful conductor, one must also be an active instrumental musician. To this end, Trio Estonia performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the CBSO in the 2014-15 season. Norman will continue this association in the 2016/17 season, performing on tour in Canada and Northern Europe with Trio Estonia. Maestro Reintamm has guest conducted with orchestras in Canada and Europe and has over 25 operas and ballets in his repertoire. He has played in recital in both Europe and throughout North America. As a composer, he has numerous choral and symphonic credits to his name. In February of 2015, Norman Reintamm was made a member the “Order of Merit” by the Estonian Consul General for services to the Estonian people in Canada. In January 2016, Norman was a finalist for the position of Professor of Conducting at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London, England. He has also been made a director of the Estonian Studies Centre at Tartu College in Toronto.