Mr Tobias Wolf
BMus (Hons), MMus, SMISM, FRSA
School Administration Assistant, Teaching Assistant
Room 003 MacRobert Building
University of Aberdeen
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.
“When I am all grown up, I am going to be a conductor!"
It all started when wee six year-old Tobias announced to his grandmother he was going to study music. Today, many years later, he is Music Director of the renowned King’s Philharmonic Wind Orchestra and The North Studio Choir amongst a number of other ensembles. He performs regularly in the UK and Germany and is sought after as guest conductor across the globe!
- MMus Music Composition2020 - University of AberdeenWith Distinction
- BMus (Hons) Music2019 - University of AberdeenWith First Class Honours
- Kfm Marketing Communications2013 - JDBK Cologne (Germany)Award for Best Student in North Rhine-Westphalia
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture:
- School Administration Assistant (Film & Visual Culture)
- School Level Marketing and Communications
Department of Music:
- Teaching Assistant
- Assistant Music Interview Co-ordinator
- Assistant Concert Series Administrator
- Convenor, UoA Postgraduate Conductors' Collective
- Co-convenor, UoA Postgraduate Composers' Collective
- External Memberships
Music Ensembles (selection)
- The King’s Philharmonic Wind Orchestra, Music Director
- German Winds, Principal Guest Conductor
- The Braeside Singers, Music Director
- Nothern Voices, Music Director
- Grampian Concert Orchestra, Guest Conductor
- State District Choir of Neuwied, Guest Conductor
- Orpheus Choir, Guest Conductor
- VSA, Choir Mentor and Vocal Coach
- Royal Society of Arts (Fellow)
- Incorporated Society of Musicians (Student Member)
- Kunst- und Kulturkreis 'ad erpelle' (Member)
- The King’s Philharmonic Wind Orchestra, Music Director
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)
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.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.
- 'The Augmented Performer'
- Composition for Hybrid Electronic-Live Performance
- Contemporary Performance Techniques
- Impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on musical composition
- 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
"Vocalstration" with Tobias Wolf
In his research, Tobias Wolf is particularly interested in dramatic elements in choral music and in this seminar with students for the degree of Master of Music at the University of Aberdeen, he gives an insight into his own compositional work.
Dr Phillip Cooke (Lead Supervisor)
Dr John De Simone