Born in Basel 1972, married to Kerstin since August 2017, Tomi Kaufmann works as a freelance musician (keys, drums, vocals), producer (arranger), music teacher and choir leader in South Germany, region of Basel, near the Swiss/French border.
Tomi studied classical music, to be exact: "Schulmusik" at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main from 1995 to 2000 with his main subjects being piano and vocals.
His teachers influenced him heavily. His teachers were: Piano- Andreas Meyer-Herrmann, vocals- Maria Karb, conducting- Christoph Siebert.
The love of sound, is the linking element between classical music and Tomi´s love for R&B sounds, keyboard playing and arranging and recording music.
Black pop music, gospel and urban music are his favorites: Among his many idols are producers, singers, drummers and pianists as: Rodney Jerkins, Timbaland, P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Andraé Crouch, William McDowell, Andraé Crouch, Gerald Heyward, Eric Moore, Rex Hardy Jr., Aaron Spears, Jonathan Powell, Eddie Brown and more.
In his project studio Tomi recorded many debut CDs and recordings: Rahel Kraska, Rainer Harter, Jeru Ilfu, Meike Boltersdorf etc. In Berlin Tomi produced a few songs of Sarah Layfaye and played keys for her. He played drums for Danny Plett, Eglés, Rahel Kraska and others. Regularly he plays piano for local choirs.
Tomi Kaufmann teaches keys, vocals, drums and musictheory since 2004. He taught for 6 years a at musicacadamy Schallwerkstadt.de mainly music theory but also keys, drums, vocals.
Since 2014 Tomi works as choir conductor for a local women´s Choir "Frauenchor Eimeldingen" swell as for the project gospel choir of Vineyard Basilea church. Tomi´s work includes also arranging for choir.