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date: 26 August 2019

Wolff, Hellmuth (Sylvio Gustav)locked

  • Karl J. Raudsepp

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(Sylvio Gustav)

(bZürich, Sept 3, 1937; dNovember 20, 2013). Canadian organ builder of Swiss birth. He was apprenticed to Metzler & Söhne, and received further training with several firms in Europe and the USA, including Rieger in Austria and Charles Fisk in Gloucester, Massachusetts. In 1963 he emigrated to Canada, where he worked as a designer for Casavant Frères in their newly established mechanical-action department. He designed their organs for St Pascal, Kamouraska, Quebec (1963); Our Lady of Sorrows, Toronto (1964); and Marie-Reine-des-Coeurs, Montreal (1965).

After a brief period working as a voicer and designer in Geneva, he returned to Canada in 1966 to work with Karl Wilhelm, before establishing his own business in Laval, Quebec, in 1968. James Louder (b1948) joined the firm as an apprentice in 1974, eventually becoming a partner in 1988. The firm was incorporated under the name Wolff & Associés Ltée in ...

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Encyclopedia of Music in Canada (Toronto, 2/1992)