Born in Basel 1972, Tomi is married to Kerstin since August 2017, and is father of the two little girls Leni and Ella.
Tomi 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.
From 1995 to 2000 Tomi studied classical music, to be exact: "Schulmusik" at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main 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 his love for R&B, 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 pianist. : 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, Egels, Rahel Kraska and others. Regularly he plays piano for local choirs.
Tomi Kaufmann teaches keys, vocals, drums and musictheory since 2004. He worked for 6 years a staff teacher at musicacadamy Schallwerkstadt.de.
Since 2014 he additionally successfully works as conductor of his local ladies Choir "Frauenchor Eimeldingen" swell as conductor of the project gospel choir of Vineyard Basilea church. This work includes arranging for choir. Since 2019 Tomi has another choir: "Gemischter Chor Wittlingen".