Tobias Ringborg

Conductor, Violin

Biography

Tobias Ringborg is equally at home on the concert podium as a conductor and violinist, as well as in the opera house. His career started in 1994 when he, as a violinist, won the prestigious Swedish Soloist Prize. The same year he graduated with the highest honours from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and went on to study at the Juilliard School in New York, graduating in 1996.

As a violinist, Tobias Ringborg has appeared with every Swedish orchestra and has collaborated with conductors such as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Neeme Järvi, Okko Kamu, Sakari Oramo and Daniel Harding. International credits also include the first prize of the Concours International de Musique de Chimay in Belgium. He is an active champion of Swedish music, and his discography includes about twenty CD:s with chamber music and violin concertos, mostly by Swedish composers. In between operatic and orchestra engagements, Tobias Ringborg maintains an active career as a chamber musician. 

He plays a Niccolò Gagliano violin, on loan from the Järnåker foundation of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

In 2000, Tobias Ringborg decided to expand his musical career after winning a conducting competition in Helsingborg. His lifelong passion for opera led to his operatic debut at the Stockholm Folkoperan in 2001, with Verdi’s La traviata. In 2002 he began a two year association with Malmö Opera, leading performances of a. o. Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and Verdi’s Otello.

In 2001 he made his debut at the Royal Swedish Opera with Puccini’s La Bohème, and has since then maintained a strong connection to that company, leading a.o. Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Don Carlo and Rigoletto, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Tosca and Turandot.

Specializing in Italian opera, as well as Mozart, operatic activities include Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Turandot and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at Norrlandsoperan in Umeå, Mozart’s Così fan tutte (directed by Peter Konwitschny) at Wermland Opera, Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, Mozart’s Idomeneo, and Rossini’s Le comte Ory in Malmö, Turandot and L’elisir d’amore at Gothenburg Opera, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and J Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at the Norwegian Opera in Oslo, and Gounod’s Faust, Idomeneo and Don Giovanni at the Danish National Opera. In 2008 he conducted La traviata for his German debut at Oper Leipzig, and in 2009 Così fan tutte for his British operatic debut at Scottish Opera, in an acclaimed production by David McVicar. He has returned to Scotland for Verdi’s Rigoletto and Il trovatore. At Opera North in Leeds he has conducted La Bohème, Don Giovanni and Verdi’s Macbeth. In 2013 he made his debut in the Southern hemisphere, leading Puccini’s Madama Butterfly for New Zealand Opera.

The symphonic repertoire he has explored with orchestras such as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (a.o. leading the Nobel Prize Ceremony in 2011), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Gothenburg, Malmö, Helsingborg and Norrköping (leading the orchestra’s 100th anniversary in 2012 with Beethoven’s Symphony no 9), Aarhus, Odense and Kristiansand, and the Copenhagen Philharmonic. In 2005, he made his London debut with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Barbican, both as conductor and soloist.

In 2010, Ringborg also conducted the world premiere recording of the 1849 belcanto opera Cristina, Regina di Svezia, by Italian/Swedish composer Jacopo Foroni, with the forces of Gothenburg Opera (released by Sterling).

During the 2015/16 season he conducted Turandot at Dalhalla, Tosca at New Zealand Opera, L’elisir d’amore at Opera North and Idomeneo at Garsington Opera. Future plans include a.o. Bellini’s I Puritani at Danish National Opera, Le nozze di Figaro at Scottish Opera and Giordano’s Fedora at Royal Swedish Opera.

In 2010 Tobias Ringborg was awarded the Herbert Blomstedt Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and in 2011 he was elected a member of that academy.

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Reviews

Tosca, G. Puccini, Aotea Centre Auckland, New Zealand, 27 September 2015
"You will be spellbound from Puccini's dramatic opening chords, delivered by a magnificent Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, under a conductor, Tobias Ringborg, who knows how to make this music bloom."

Tosca, G. Puccini, Aotea Centre Auckland, New Zealand, September 2015
"Last and never least is the contribution of the orchestra and chorus. The APO delivers magnificent committed playing, with a thrilling dynamic range under the faultless direction of Tobias Ringborg."

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