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Tobias Ringborg

  • Conductor
  • Violinist


As a violinist Tobias Ringborg has appeared with all the Swedish orchestras and has collaborated with conductors such as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Neeme Järvi, Okko Kamu, Sakari Oramo and Daniel Harding.

In the late 1990s Tobias Ringborg began to expand his musical career as a conductor. In 2001 he won an important conducting competition in Helsingborg, and has since been invited by every Swedish orchestra, often in the role of both soloist and conductor. Other orchestras he has conducted include Odense Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Scottish Opera and English Chamber Orchestra at the Barbican Hall. He maintains a particularly strong connection with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra with whom he has conducted the world premiere of Sven-David Sandström’s Symphony No 3 and Rachmaninoff's second symphony.

A lifelong passion for opera manifested itself early in his conducting career, and in 2002 he began a two year association with the Malmö Opera, leading productions of Don Giovanni, Ariadne auf Naxos, La Traviata and Otello. More recently he has returned to Malmö to conduct La Fanciulla del West. In 2001 he made his debut at the Stockholm Royal Opera with La Bohème, and since then he has maintained strong ties to that company, conducting Manon Lescaut, Tosca, Carmen, L’Elisir d’Amore, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Don Carlos, Eugene Onegin and the world premiere of Carl Unander-Scharin’s Loranga, Mazarin & Dartanjang.

Other opera engagements include a widely acclaimed Turandot at Norrlandsoperan in Umeå (televised by Swedish Television), Così fan tutte at Värmlandsoperan in Karlstad, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Norwegian Opera Oslo, Jacopo Foroni’s newly discovered Cristina di Svezia at the International Vadstena Academy, plus Faust and Idomeneo at the Danish National Opera in Aarhus and on tour. He made his UK debut at Scottish Opera conducting David McVicar’s production of Cosí fan tutte and recently conducted La Boheme at Opera North. He made his German debut conducting La Traviata for Oper Leipzig.

Future plans include concerts with the symphony orchestras of Aarhus, Norrkoping, Helsingborg, Malmo and Gothenburg. He also conducts Rigoletto for Scottish Opera and Royal Stockholm Opera.

Tobias Ringborg’s discography includes about twenty CDs with chamber music and violin concertos, mostly by Swedish composers. He plays an 18th century violin by Niccolò Gagliano, on loan from the Järnåker foundation of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.