Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra UFF, Tobias Volkmann is one of the most prominent conductors in the new generation of Brazilian musicians. Since having been awarded the main prizes at the Jorma Panula International Conducting Competition 2012 in Finland and the Audience Preference Award at the Musical Olympus Festival 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Volkmann is drawing attention to a rising international career, highlighted by his recent debut at the Gewandhaus Leipzig as a guest of the MDR Radio Symphony Choir and Orchestra. Based on a solid technique, charisma and sophistication, he harmonizes a fine stylistic sense with a creative personality.
As guest Volkmann has conducted eminent European and South American orchestras, among them the Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música (Portugal), State Hermitage Symphony Orchestra and Saint Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Brandenburg Symphony (Germany), SODRE Symphony Orchestra (Uruguay), National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Porto Alegre Symphony, Paraná Symphony Orchestra and the Petrobras Symphony Orchestra (Brazil). He performed in distinguished halls such as the historic State Academic Capella in Saint Petersburg and the modern Casa da Música of Porto. Future engagements include his Czech Republic debut with Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra and his debut with the prestigious Símon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.
Volkmann held the position of Chief Conductor at the Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro from 2016 to 2018 and his work at the theater was praised by public and critic, being the production of Le Nozze di Figaro acclaimed as one of Rio’s best spectacles of 2015 and his interpretation of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis one of the city’s best concerts in 2016. A further highlight was the music direction of the Amazon Trilogy, a new Ballet production on music by Villa-Lobos specially programmed for the period of the Olympic Games in Rio. Recent successes include a new production of Vardi’s Un ballo in maschera and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.
His Discography includes three recent CDs recorded with the National Symphony Orchestra featuring Brazilian Contemporary Music. The live recording of his German debut with the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra performing and recording Brazilian Music with jazz harpist Crisitina Braga was internationally launched by Enja Records.
Having had multiple artistic experiences as opera singer, actor and interpreter, Volkmann is a true versatile musician, who makes himself comfortable in a big variety of repertoire. Either in symphonic or choral music, opera and ballet, in historically informed interpretation as in jazz or music for cinema, Volkmann offers always well based interpretations. With special attention to contemporary music, he has led many premieres in USA, Russia, Germany and Brazil.
Volkmann studied with great masters in international masterclasses, having been mentored by Kurt Masur, Jorma Panula, Ronald Zollman, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Guillermo Scarabino and Fabio Mechetti. He studied Voice and Conducting in the State University of Rio de Janeiro and earned his Masters degree at the Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh (USA) under orientation of Ronald Zollman.