Doug Tornquist: Special Guest Artist

Special Guest - Tuba
Doug Tornquist

Doug Tornquist

“A player of astonishing flamboyance” (Los Angeles Times) and “impressive dash” (Orange County Register), Doug Tornquist has been a part of southern California’s freelance musical world since 1987.

He grew up on a farm in the San Joaquin Valley, came to Los Angeles for his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California, where he studied with Jim Self and Tommy Johnson.  He earned his master’s degree from Wichita State University, where he played the the WSU faculty brass quintet, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and toured with the Saint Louis Symphony, under the baton of Leonard Slatkin.  

Doug returned to Los Angeles in 1987 to earn his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USC and soon became a busy freelance performer, playing everywhere from amusement parks to the ballet, opera and symphony (sometimes on the same day). He has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and all the regional orchestras in southern California: under the batons of Erich Leinsdorf, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Esa Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Witold Lutoslawski and Valerie Gergiev. He has recorded with Diana Krall, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Randy Newman, Meatloaf, and Beck, among others,   The first time he was invited to play on a film score was in 1989 for Edward Scissorhands; since then he’s played on the soundtracks of over 400 films, tv shows and video games.  He was the voice of Wreck it Ralph, played on John Williams’ two most recent scores (Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Big Friendly Giant) and was a featured soloist with John Lithgow on I’m a Manatee.

Among his more notable recordings are the Grammy winning premiere recording of the Penderecki Credo (with the Oregon Bach Festival), two discs with Quintadillac, a German brass quintet, and the song from John LIthgow’s childrens’ book I’m a Manatee, which features him as a soloist. He recently released a solo CD, Feels Like Far, and produced a CD of holiday brass music, Fiat Lux.


He teaches at he University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts and the Colburn School.

He was a prize winner at the 1997 International Tuba and Euphonium Competition in Riva del Garda, Italy.