(GMJO, 19.12.2018) Starting with the season 2018/19, TOBIAS WÖGERER is taking over the position of Assistant Conductor of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER. Born in Linz in 1991, he is currently one of the most promising Austrian conductors. As Assistant Conductor, he succeeds Lorenzo Viotti, who was appointed Music Director of the Orquestra Gulbenkian this season, and he stands in a line with eminent predecessors like Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Patrick Lange, David Afkham, and others.
TOBIAS WÖGERER will make his debut with the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER with two residency concerts during the Easter Tour 2019 at the Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon.
The position of Assistant Conductor of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER is a thrilling and responsible task that means a lot to me and that I am very much looking forward to. Working together closely with one of the best youth orchestras over the course of several weeks is a unique opportunity which I shall pursue with full dedication. I am very happy to be given the opportunity to conduct two concerts of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER in Lisbon already in February 2019.
Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli, Secretary General of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTERS:
The Assistant Conductor of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER is always appointed for several years and is of high importance to the orchestra. This position comes with great responsibility, and it provides a unique opportunity for extraordinary talents in orchestra conducting. The role of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER in supporting highly talented European orchestra musicians is well known – lesser known is the fact that numerous highly successful conductors were connected with the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER at the beginning of their career. The GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER is very much looking forward to working with TOBIAS WÖGERER, and we are very happy to welcome him as the first Austrian Assistant Conductor of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER since Franz Welser-Möst and Manfred Honeck.
TOBIAS WÖGERER studied cello at the University “Mozarteum” Salzburg and at the University of Music and Arts in Vienna. Currently, he is studying orchestral conducting with Prof. Nicolás Pasquet and Prof. Ekhart Wycik at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar.
During the last couple of years, Tobias Wögerer created a lot of orchestral projects, he received invitations by numerous orchestras and was able to build his reputation as a conductor. In 2013, he founded the orchestra “Symphonic Ensemble Aktuell” and became Music Director of the Euregio Youth Orchestra, which he led until 2016. Moreover, he was a regular guest conductor of the Philharmonie Salzburg and collaborated with renowned soloists such as Benjamin Schmid, Olga Scheps or Nikolai Tokarev.
In fall 2016, he led his first opera production, Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Victor Ullmann, at the Linz Brucknerfest. In March 2017, he had his successful debut with the Bruckner Orchester Linz, and shortly after that he conducted a fulminant concert with his own orchestra “Symphonic Ensemble Aktuell” at the Vienna Konzerthaus. In summer 2017, he led the Vienna Philharmonic’ Opera Camps at the Salzburg Festival, for which he was invited again to Salzburg in 2018.
Besides his work as Assistant Conductor of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER, the season 2018/19 includes a tour to China with the Philharmonie Salzburg, several concerts in Japan and a number of New Year’s Concerts with the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester.