Born: September 9, 1973 - Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Died: March 24, 2012 - Munich, Bavaria, Germany
The former boy soprano, Tobias Eiwanger, began his musical education as a treble in the Tölzer Knabenchor in 1980. Later (probably in 1982) he was promoted to Choir 1, became a soprano soloist of the choir and worked with conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph von Dohnányi.
Tobias Eiwanger made tours to Japan, USA, Israel, and many countries in Europe. Highlights of his career were solo parts in Magic Flute (Mozart), Pelléas et Melisandé (Debussy), The Turn of the Screw (Benjamin Britten), Dido and Aeneas
(Purcell), Comoedia di Christi´(Orff) and especially his solo part in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in Vienna (with Leonard Bernstein). He recorded solo parts with both Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt in their joint cycle of Bach Cantatas for Telfunken/Teldec.
Described by so many people as "curly haired boy with the tremendous engaged singing", Tobias Eiwanger left the Tölzer Knabenchor with the breaking of his voice in 1986, and never returned to the choir. He continued to live in Munich, studied at Peslmüllergrundschule (Class of 1984) and at Pestalozzi-Gymnasium München (Class of 1993). He studied insurance business for 2 years; then worked as account manager at Gerling. Since January 1995, he worked as commissioner for employee and affinity business in the insurance company HDI Direkt Versicherung AG. He died suddenly on March 24, 2012, at age 38, leaving his wife Karin and three young children (Christian, Lena und Saskia) behind him.
Bo Hansson wrote: “Tobias Eiwanger will forever be remembered and loved by everybody who have seen and heard him as one of the most engaged boy singers ever. His beautiful high soprano voice and his tremendous liveliness both as a soloist as a choir member have through the years been admired by thousands of people on YouTube - and will go on doing so.”