Mr Tobias Wolf
Mr Tobias Wolf

Mr Tobias Wolf

BMus (Hons), MMus, SMISM, FRSA

Teaching Assistant



Tobias is an award-winning German conductor and composer. He is Music Director of The King’s Philharmonic Wind Orchestra, amongst a number of other ensembles. Only in his late twenties, he has performed all around the globe, he appeared on radio and television and has taken part in a top 3 UK Chart Album.

Tobias studies for a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music at the University of Aberdeen under the supervision of Dr Phillip Cooke and Dr John De Simone, specialising in contemporary composition. His PhD research explores Augmented and Hybrid Performance Practice, Performance Art and Accessibility of Contemporary Music. Following his appointment as Teaching Assistant in Music and Digital Marketing Assistant in 2020, Tobias joined the University of Aberdeen School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture as a permanent member of staff with responsibilities in School Administration and for School level Marketing and Communications.

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. He was recipient of the James Lobban Conducting Scholarship 2017, the Ogston-Carlaw Conducting Bursary 2018, he was awarded with the Carlaw-Ogston Master of Music Scholarship in 2019 and the Professor Ogston Postgraduate Research Scholarship for his PhD studies from 2020. These scholarships stand alongside a number of awards, including ‘Best Student in North Rhine-Westphalia’, National winner ‘365 Places in the Land of Ideas’, and others. Tobias Wolf studied in Cologne and Bonn in Germany before he came to live in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2015.



  • MMus Music Composition 
    2020 - University of Aberdeen 
    With Distinction
  • BMus (Hons) Music 
    2019 - University of Aberdeen 
    With First Class Honours
  • Kfm Marketing Communications 
    2013 - JDBK Cologne (Germany) 
    Award for Best Student in North Rhine-Westphalia

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Department of Music:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Convenor, UoA Postgraduate Conductors' Collective
  • Co-convenor, UoA Postgraduate Composers' Collective
External Memberships


  • University of St Andrews, Global Senior Administrator, Global Office
    St Andrews, Scotland

Music Ensembles (selection)

  • The King’s Philharmonic Wind Orchestra, Music Director
    Aberdeen, Scotland
  • German Winds, Principal Guest Conductor
    Nuremberg, Germany
  • The Braeside Singers, Music Director
    Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Nothern Voices, Music Director
    Aberdeen, Scoltand
  • Grampian Concert Orchestra, Guest Conductor
    Aberdeen, Scotland
  • State District Choir of Neuwied, Guest Conductor
    Rheinbreitbach, Germany
  • Orpheus Choir, Guest Conductor
    Aberdeen, Scotland
  • VSA, Choir Mentor and Vocal Coach
    Aberdeen, Scotland


  • Royal Society of Arts (Fellow)
  • Incorporated Society of Musicians (Student Member)
  • Kunst- und Kulturkreis 'ad erpelle' (Member)

Prizes and Awards

  • Professor Ogston Postgraduate Research Scholarship
    UoA Development Trust (2020-2023)
  • Carlaw-Ogston Master of Music Scholarship
    UoA Development Trust (2019/20)
  • Ogston-Carlaw Conducting Bursary
    UoA Development Trust (2018/19)
  • James Lobban Conducting Scholarship
    Aberdeen Bach Choir; UoA Development Trust (2017/18)
  • Erasmus+ Scholarship
    European Union; Insitut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn; University of Aberdeen (2015/16)
  • Best student in North Rhine-Westphalia
    Chambers of Industry and Commerce NRW (2013)
  • National Winner '365 Places in the Land of Ideas'
    Jürgen Fischen, board director of Deutsche Bank; Holger Lösch, chairman of the supervisory board of 'Deutschland - Land der Ideen' (2012)
  • Prize winner 'Kinder zum Olymp'
    The President of the Federal Rebuplic of Germany, Christian Wulff, Patron; General Secretary of the Kulturstiftung der Länder, Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen (2010)
  • FFF-Scholarship for outstanding students
    University of Bonn, Prof. Dr. M. Winiger, Rector (2009)

Research Overview

Much of Tobias’ music is inspired by nature and landscapes. He explores contemporary composition and performance techniques whilst trying to make music accessible for a wide range of performers. Tobias’ PhD research in composition is exploring Augmented and Hybrid Performance Practice, Performance Art and Accessibility of Contemporary Music.

Research Areas

Research Specialisms

  • Conducting
  • Music Composition

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

  • 'The Augmented Performer'
  • Composition for Hybrid Electronic-Live Performance
  • Contemporary Performance Techniques
  • Impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on musical composition

Past Research

  • Conducting, Conducting in the context of Leadership Studies
  • Music and Composition in the context of Community Music
  • Implications of 16th-century Performance Practice for the Modern Conductor
  • Relationships between Linguistics and Musical Composition
  • British and Post-Colonial Literatures and Music Cultures
  • The Music of Cologne Carnival
  • Dramatic Elements in Contemporary Choral Works



Dr Phillip Cooke (Lead Supervisor)
Dr John De Simone