The winner of the 2017-18 James Lobban Conducting Scholarship is Tobias Patrick Wolf, born in Linz am Rhein, Germany, who studied in Cologne and Bonn in Germany before he came to study for a B.Mus. at the University of Aberdeen in 2015.
This will be his first experience of choral conducting but he has considerable experience of conducting orchestral music, from 2010 in his native country. Wolf first appeared as a conductor in Scotland at the Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Music Festival in 2016 with the University of Aberdeen Wind Ensemble which gained a Gold award for an ‘outstanding’ performance. He is Assistant Conductor of the University of Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra, the Marischal Chamber Orchestra and Aberdeen University Choral Society since 2017, and Music Director of The King’s Philharmonic Wind Orchestra since its foundation in May 2016.
Tobias Wolf was awarded the James Lobban Conducting Scholarship in November 2017 and will be Assistant Conductor of the Aberdeen Bach Choir for the season 2017/2018, performing Bach's Christmas Oratorio in December 2017 and conducting parts of a concert of early music in April 2018.
His musical talents extend to trumpet playing and he will join the tenor line of Aberdeen Bach Choir when not called upon to conduct.
The James Lobban Conducting Scholarship, instituted in the 2011-2012 academic session, offers a student of the University of Aberdeen the opportunity to work with Aberdeen Bach Choir for one academic year as a conducting assistant, with support and mentoring from Musical Director Peter Parfitt.
James Lobban, a graduate of the University of Aberdeen, was Conductor of Aberdeen Bach Choir from 1969 until 2005, shortly before his death. He was a keen music scholar and took a great interest in the work of the Music Department of his alma mater. The James Lobban Conducting Scholarship is funded by a legacy left by James to Aberdeen Bach Choir. The James Lobban Conducting Scholar receives an award of £1 000.