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 20 CD’s with chamber music and violin concertos, mostly by Swedish composers. In between operatic and symphonic engagements, Ringborg maintains an active career as a violinist, and plays a Gagliano instrument, 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 been strongly tied 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, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Tosca and Turandot, as well as the 2016 new production of Giordano’s Fedora (directed by Christof Loy).
Specializing in Italian opera, as well as Mozart, operatic merits include Turandot at Dalhalla, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Turandot and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at Norrlandsoperan in Umeå, 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, Don Giovanni and Bellini’s I Puritani 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 as well as for Le nozze di Figaro. At Opera North he has conducted La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Macbeth, L’elisir d’amore, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. At Garsington Opera he has led Idomeneo, and at New Zealand Opera Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Tosca.
The symphonic repertoire he has explored with orchestras such as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (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, Kristiansand, and Wuppertal, as well as Copenhagen Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In 2005 he made his London debut with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Barbican, both as conductor and soloist. 2012-15 he was Principal conductor of the Swedish Dalasinfoniettan.
In 2010, Ringborg 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).
In 2018/19 he returned to New Zealand with La Bohème, to Scottish Opera with The Magic Flute, and led concerts with a. o. Auckland Philharmonia, Dalasinfoniettan and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. In 2019/20 he will make his Australian debut with Madama Butterfly in Adelaide, lead Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers in Malmö, Verdi’s Un giorno di regno at Garsington Opera as well as concerts with Victoria Symphony (Canada), Swedish Radio SO, and the Orchestra of Opera North.
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 the same academy.