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Biography

(5 July 2018)
Tobias Patrick Wolf FRSA is a conductor, composer, and trumpeter. He studied in Cologne and Bonn in Germany before he came to live in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2015 to further his studies in music at the University of Aberdeen, focusing on conducting under the tuition of Christopher Gray and Dr John Frederick Hudson, as well as composition under Dr Phillip Cooke and others. His career in the music industry started with a position at the International Beethovenfest Bonn under director Ilona Schmiel and a liaison with international participants including the world’s most renowned orchestras, soloists and conductors, such as Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir John Elliot Gardiner, and many more.

Tobias Wolf is Assistant Conductor of the University of Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra, the Marischal Chamber Orchestra and Aberdeen University Choral Society under the direction of Musical Director Christopher Gray. As recipient of the James Lobban Conducting Scholarship, he was Assistant Conductor of the Aberdeen Bach Choir under Peter Parfitt in the season 2017-18. Recent engagements include a performance with Aberdeen Sinfonietta and Soloists Dame Emma Kirkby, Nicholas Spanos, Nathan Vale, Dawid Kimberg, performances of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with soloist Judith Howarth and Orff: Carmina Burana at the University of Aberdeen. As founder and Music Director of The King’s Philharmonic Wind Orchestra under the patronage of Margaret Carlaw MUniv, Professor Derek Ogston CBE and Presidents Professor Paul Mealor OStJ, and Scottish Entertainer Robert Lovie, he is dedicated to perform challenging repertoire with emerging artists and performing new works of young composers. Recent concerts include Scottish tours with performances in the RSNO Centre and St. Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, Stockbridge Church, Edinburgh, as well as performances with Irish baritone Dermot O'Connor and Scottish violinist Anya MacRae with world premieres of composers in residence Benjamin M Cramer, Peter Davis and Michael Steitz. Tobias has conducted in a concert of early music with His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts in April 2018. He will be conducting a premiere of a work by PhD candidate in composition, Mike Merrill alongside other premieres in November 2018. He is mentor of the Anderson, Anderson Brown Choir on the occasion of Sing, Sing, Sing 2018, hosted by Fiona Kennedy OBE, and he has been appointed Music Director for the newly formed Braeside and Mannofield Community Choir, Aberdeen in May 2018. Tobias was awarded with the Carlaw-Ogston Conducting Bursary in 2018 and we will be working with choral conductor Dr Michael Zaugg in Canada in early 2019.

Wolf first appeared as a conductor in Scotland when he gave his debut with the University of Aberdeen Wind Band at the Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Music Festival 2016 which was awarded with a Gold award for an ‘outstanding’ performance. He was appointed District Youth Conductor in the administrative district of Neuwied, Germany in 2010 and he was Artistic Director of the klangTunnel Music Festival 2015 that took place at the Ludendorff Bridge Tunnel of Erpel, a unique venue famous around the world for its links to the Second World War. 

Concert Tours and Music Projects have lead him to many places in Europe, including amongst many others: Milan (Italy), London (England), Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh (Scotland), Crakow (Poland), Prizren (Kosovo), Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin (Germany), etc. Besides his engagements as a conductor, he has performed as a Trumpet player for numerous orchestras and ensembles in Germany and Scotland. Under the direction of royal wedding composer Professor Paul Mealor OStJ, Tobias sang Tenor in the Aberdeen University Chamber Choir and took part in their top 3 UK Chart Album and Amazon best seller ‘Immortal Memory’ in 2017. He has performed for members of the Royal family, including HM The Queen and TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. 


Conducting Experience (Selection)

The King's Philharmonic Wind Orchestra, Music Director
Aberdeen University Wind Ensemble, Conductor
Anderson Anderson & Brown Choir, Choral Director
Braeside and Mannofield Community Choir, Music Director
Marischal Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Conductor
University of Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor
Aberdeen University Concert Band, Conductor (preparatory Rehearsals)
Aberdeen University Choral Society, Assistant Conductor
Aberdeen Bach Choir, Assistant Conductor (James Lobban Conducting Scholarship)

Experience: Trumpet and Voice (Selection)

Marischal Chamber Orchestra, Principal Trumpet
UoA Symphony Orchestra, First/Second Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet
Opera Society Orchestra, Trumpet
Choral Society Orchestra, Trumpet
Aberdeen University Concert Band, First Trumpet
Aberdeen University Wind Band, Principal Trumpet
Grampian Concert Orchestra, Trumpet
University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir, Second Tenor
Choir of King's College (Chapel Choir), Second Tenor
Aberdeen Bach Choir, Tenor
Les Misérables Orchestra, Trumpet
Phantom of the Opera Orchestra, Trumpet

Memberships

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
Student Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (SMISM)
Fellow of the un poco Art Network
Member of the Kunst- und Kulturkreis 'ad erpelle' e. V.

Awards

James Lobban Conducting Scholarship 2017/2018
Carlaw-Ogston Conducting Bursary 2018/2019
Gold Award - Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Music Festival 2016
Best Student in North Rhine-Westphalia 2013 (Chambers of Industry and Commerce North Rhine-Westphalia), 2013
National winner '365 Places in the Land of Ideas', 2012
Prize winner "Kinder zum Olymp", 2010
Bonn University 'FFF-Scholarship' for outstanding students, 2009