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Biography

Tobias Patrick Wolf FRSA
Conductor, Composer

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Tobias Patrick Wolf BMus (Hons) FRSA is an award-winning German conductor, composer, performer, and educator. He conducts at the University of Aberdeen and is music director of a variety of ensembles in both the United Kingdom and Germany. He has taken part in a top 3 UK chart album with Royal wedding composer Professor Paul Mealor, and has appeared on Classic FM and on German radio and television. Only in his late twenties, he has performed around the globe, several times for the Royal family, including HM The Queen and HRH Prince Charles.

Tobias 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, where he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Music, focusing on conducting and composition. 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. The Beethovenfest team have been awarded with the prestigious cultural brand of the year award in 2012.

As founder and Music Director of The King’s Philharmonic Wind Orchestra (click for more info) under the patronage of Margaret Carlaw MUniv, Professor Derek Ogston CBE and Presidents Professor Paul Mealor OStJ, and Scottish Entertainer Dr Robert Lovie, he has dedicated his work towards performing challenging repertoire with emerging artists and supporting contemporary music culture with residencies of young composers from all around the world. He is director of the AAB+Friends Choir, Northern Voices, and he has been appointed Music Director of The Braeside Singers (click for more info).

Recent concerts include Scottish tours with performances in the RSNO Centre and St. Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, or Stockbridge Church, Edinburgh. He has conducted the renowned professional choir Pro Coro Canada in the prestigious Winspear Centre in Edmonton as part of Pro Coro’s Emerging Artist Program with conductor Dr Michael Zaugg, funded by the RBC Foundation (Royal Bank of Canada). He performed with Aberdeen Sinfonietta and Soloists Dame Emma Kirkby, Nicholas Spanos, Nathan Vale, Dawid Kimberg. Recent concerts included major works such as Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with soloist Judith Howarth, as well as Orff: Carmina Burana in the North East of Scotland. Tobias has conducted in a concert of early music with His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts in April 2018. He has premiered a series of works by American composers Benjamin Cramer, Mike Merrill, alongside works of fellow Aberdeen based composers.

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. 

As recipient of the James Lobban Conducting Scholarship, Tobias Wolf conducted the Aberdeen Bach Choir under mentorship from Peter Parfitt in the season 2017-18. He was awarded with the Carlaw-Ogston Conducting Bursary in 2018. These scholarships stand alongside a number of awards, including ‘Best Student in North Rhine-Westphalia 2013’, National winner ‘365 Places in the Land of Ideas’ in 2012, and others.

As a music educator (click for more info), Tobias uses progressive and modern teaching methods, more activity based and with a balanced mix of modern and conventional recourses, always ensuring a focus on the student’s or a group’s needs. He is certified Apple Teacher and uses Apple soft- and hardware for a truly state-of-the-art learning experience.

His work has lead him to many places all around the world, including amongst many others: Milan (Italy), London (England), Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh (Scotland), Crakow (Poland), Prizren (Kosovo), Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin (Germany), Edmonton (Canada) 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 in the renowned University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir and took part in their top 3 UK Chart Album and Amazon best seller ‘Immortal Memory’ in 2017 (click for more info). He has performed multiple times for members of the Royal family, including HM The Queen and TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. One of his works was performed by his own orchestra in presence of HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester to accompany a service of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem.

Tobias Patrick Wolf is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, he is member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Fellow of the un poco Network for music, and he holds memberships of local institutions and charities that support music and culture, as well as music education for local communities.

June 2019
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Conducting Experience (Selection)

The King's Philharmonic Wind Orchestra, Aberdeen, Music Director
Pro Coro Canada, Edmonton, Conductor (Emerging Artist)
The Northern Voices, Aberdeen, Music Director
The Braeside Singers, Aberdeen, Music Director
Aberdeen Orpheus Choir, Guest Conductor
University of Aberdeen Percussion Ensemble, Conductor
University of Aberdeen String Orchestra, Conductor
University of Aberdeen Wind Ensemble, Conductor
Anderson Anderson & Brown Choir, Aberdeen, Choral Director
Marischal Chamber Orchestra, Aberdeen, Assistant Conductor
University of Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor
Aberdeen University Concert Band, Conductor (preparatory rehearsals)
University of Aberdeen Choral Society, Assistant Conductor
Aberdeen Bach Choir, Conducting Scholar
Tambour-Corps Erpel 1963 e. V., Associate Director
Spielmannszug FFW Asbach, Music Director

Experience: Trumpet and Voice (Selection)

Marischal Chamber Orchestra, Aberdeen, Principal Trumpet
UoA Symphony Orchestra, First Trumpet, Piccolo
UoA Opera Society Orchestra, Trumpet
UoA 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, Tenor
Choir of King's College (Chapel Choir), Tenor
Aberdeen Bach Choir, Tenor, Bass
Les Misérables Orchestra (Scotland), Trumpet
Phantom of the Opera Orchestra (Scotland), Trumpet
Gulaschkapell’ e. V., Trumpet
Musikzug FFW Leubsdorf, 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.
Landesmusikverband Rheinland-Pfalz e. V.
Kreismusikverband Neuwied e. V.

Awards

Carlaw-Ogston Conducting Bursary 2018/2019
James Lobban Conducting Scholarship 2017/2018
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
Ehrennadel (Jugend) in Gold des Landesmusikverbandes Rheinland-Pfalz e. V.
Leistungsabzeichen in Gold der Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Musikverbände e. V.

Music (BMus Hons)
University of Aberdeen, 2016-2019

Music and English Studies
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 2013-16

Marketing Communications Management
Joseph-DuMont-Berufskolleg Köln, 2011-13

Allgemeine Hochschulreife (Abitur)
Priv. Gymnasium Nonnenwerth, 2011

Education

Testimonials 

Nearly forty players in all directed and conducted by Tobias Patrick Wolf whose prowess as a conductor comes from studies in Germany and all across Europe. We were in good hands and indeed the sound of his orchestra in full cry, as it were, was absolutely fabulous – rich, resonant and rare.
— Alan Cooper, concert review
We were in for a truly sublime evening of great music – and so it turned out. I left after the concert with a real spring in my step and at my age, that means a lot. This was a first rate concert.
— Alan Cooper, concert review
In particular, I really enjoyed his attention to detail when warming up. He really understands the whole body as an instrument and his visual techniques are very effective. Brilliant sense of humour and is always willing to help out at a moment’s notice. I really enjoyed his guest conducting and hope to see more of him in the future.
— Aberdeen Bach Choir Member
Tobias is very refined conductor, composer and linguist. His rehearsals are always of a high professional standard and can provide great insight due to his extensive fluency in a number of languages. His own music is well thought out and fuses a passion for developing new avenues along with tonality. If you are looking for a musician that provides enthusiasm, look no further!
— Jack Christie, conductor
I have enjoyed working with Tobias at the University of Aberdeen Choral Society. He has a great forward-thinking attitude during rehearsals and seeks to bring the best out of the singers especially with their language pronunciation.
— Gordon Cooper, accompanist
I had great fun! Very lovely, funny, and extremely talented young man! He was confident in what he wanted the choir to do, and we all respected him. It’s very hard to stand up in front of 130 people and I thought he coped admirably. I wish him every success in the future.
— Aberdeen Bach Choir Member