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Tobias Hug

Cantante, musicista e orchestratore vocale

 

A vocal whizzkid, explorer of the human voice, compassionate and inspiring teacher, consummate performer - Tobias Hug has been teaching, singing and jamming around the world for the past 15 years.

Based in London, Tobias has been one of the longest-serving members of Grammy-Award winning a cappella legends The Swingle Singers which he left in 2012.

As their bass and vocal percussionist he has sung with them for over 11 years, recorded six studio albums, and performed more than 700 concerts in the world's greatest concert halls (from Teatro alla Scala to the Kremlin Palace), with the great orchestras (from the Vienna Philharmonic to the Boston Pops) and great artists (from Zubin Mehta to Jamie Cullum).
As their former artistic director he set up many collaborations and projects, as well as TV appearances. Together with beatboxer Shlomo (featured on Björk's album "Medullah"), Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre,
he initiated the world's first beatbox choir (now the "Vocal Orchestra") which comprised the Swingles and five of the UK's top beatboxers.
The Swingles or Tobias' music has been featured on the hit TV show "Glee", on the upcoming Monty Python Movie as well as adverts such as T-Mobile's "Welcome home" campaign which had more than 10 Million hits on YouTube.

Born in midst of the Black Forest, in Freiburg, Germany, Tobias got involved in music from an early age. Soon a keen choir singer, Tobias never limited himself to one style of music, but explored all aspects of singing- be it in a chamber choir, the
award-winning Jazzchor Freiburg or mongolian throat singing and beatboxing. 
He started his first a cappella group while studying music education at the Musikhochschule Trossingen,

After more than a decade in the Swingle Singers Tobias left to focus on teaching, studying, performing as a soloist and managing. 
Tobias is also a sought-after collaborator (most recently touring with Bobby McFerrin "VOCabuLarieS" , singing with the Katia Labeque group, collaborating with german Techno legends Tiefschwarz as well as jamming with the likes of Nigel Kennedy, Les 
Paul or Howard Donald of Take That.
He recently joined the Beatbox Collective - a Beatbox All-Star Group that includes the most recent UK Beatbox Champions Reeps One, MC Zani and Ball-Zee as well as female world beatbox champion Bellatrix. 
Tobias is co-founder of the London A Cappella Festival and is involved as an advisor in a number of festivals (e.g. Solevoci Festival, Italy) and adjudicates at festivals like VocalAsia (China), the UK Beatbox Championships, The Voice Festival UK and

the CARAs (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, the equivalent of the A Cappella Grammies). He is also founding member of EVA, the European Voices Association.

 

His arrangement of "A Fifth of Beethoven" for the Swingle Singers has recently been used in the pilot episode of FOX's hit series "Glee".