Theo Wolters (1955) studied trumpet at the Maastricht Conservatory and graduated with distinction. During his studies, from 1975 to 1979, he was first trumpet at the Overijssel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Essener Philharhomic Orchestra in Germany. From 1979 to 2008 he was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
In addition to his orchestra career he took conducting lessons from Pieter Stalmeier and Roberto Benzi. Since 1998 he has regularly worked as a guest conductor for the State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice in Slovakia, the Tblisi Symphony Orchestra, the ‘George Enescu’ Bukarest Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Radio Orchestra of Romania, the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra Seoul, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, the Nürnberger Symfoniker, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Promenade Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra (The Hague Philharmonic), the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Furthermore, he regularly conducts distinguished brass ensembles, such as the Brass of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
From 2004-2012 he was assistant-conductor to Mariss Jansons with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, which gave him a unique chance to hone his conducting at the highest level. In June 2008 he was given the opportunity to replace Mariss Jansons during two concerts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. On these occasions he conducted Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony, to universal acclaim.
In 2010 Theo Wolters was appointed chief conductor of the State Philharmonic Orchestra Sibiu in Romania. Currently, he is also guest conductor of the State Philharmonic Orchestra Cluj in Romania.