B i o g r a p h y

Born in 1993 in Ripon, North Yorkshire, Toby recently completed his Artist diploma with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as well as his master’s degree in 2017, in the class of Louise Hopkins.

In October 2017 Toby was appointed the cellist of the Jubilee String Quartet, performing regularly around the UK and Europe. In March 2019 the quartet released their debut album of Haydn quartets with Rubicon Classics and in September 2019 were 1st prize winners at the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award.

In July 2016 Toby made his radio 3 debut performing Anthony Payne’s ‘Out of the depths comes song’ live as part of the pre-concert proms. Since then, Toby has enjoyed a busy and varied career including performances of Schumann piano trio no.1 and Elgar piano quintet with Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, a performance of Bach ‘the musical offering’ with Levon Chilingirian and the Chilingirian quartet at King’s Place, performing as part of a workshop playing Mendelssohn octet with Janine Jansen, a performance of Shostakovich Cello concerto no.1 with the St Cecelia orchestra and performing works by Harrison Birtwistle and Thomas Ades as part of the ‘This is Rattle’ concert series in 2017. Most recent highlights include joining the EUCO for a series of Haydn concertos in October 2019.

In January 2019 Toby was selected for the Tillett Young Artists Platform and is making his Wigmore hall debut in October this year as part of the scheme.

Toby has been a grateful recipient of many awards including the Help Musicians UK Fleming Award and grants from the Pierre Fournier and Leverhulme Trusts. Toby was the holder of the Karl Motesiczky Scholarship from 2017-19 and was a Worshipful Company of Musicians award holder from 2017-18.