TOBIAS RÜGER was born in Berlin in 1965.
In 1989 he wrote music for saxophone trio for a radio adaptation of “Yes, peut-être” by MARGUERITE DURAS recorded by West-Berlin’s radio station SFB.
With his band Dıe Schwındler he recorded an album of German Cabaret songs from the ’20 and ’30s in 1992 for Sony-Columbia.
In 1997 he performed “Die Dichterliebe” (“Poet’s Love”) by ROBERT SCHUMANN arranged for jazz ensemble featuring singer PHIL MINTON in Frankfurt, Berlin and Düsseldorf.
During the ’90s he participated in several recording sessions of Berlin’s Radio Symphonic Orchestra, (among others on DIMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH’s “Golden Mountains” and Franz Waxman’s “Hemingway Suite”).
In 2001 the Goethe Institut invited him and singer YAHLI TOREN to perform the programme “tradición y modernidad — A Ladino Songbook” with his adaptations of Jewish-Spanish songs. The concert took place in the synagogue of Porto, Portugal as part of the event “Porto — Cultural Capital of Europe 2001”.
In 2003/04 he participated as sideman in BBC world-music award winner SHANTEL’s projects, playing several saxophone tracks on his albums “The Great Delay” and “Bucovina Club” Vol. 1 & 2.
Since 2004 TOBIAS RÜGER also worked as musical director for projects of Frankfurter Kammeroper (Frankfurt Chamber Opera) and Schauspiel Frankfurt (Frankfurt’s municipal theatre).