‘…stunning throughout, displaying not only a virtuoso technique but a flexibility and sensitivity to solo singers and choir alike.’
You can read more about his endeavours, and check out his repertoire lists, below.
Toby studies with renowned Japanese virtuoso Masayuki Tayama, and has given performances across the UK, at venues including St. Martin in the Fields and St. James’ Piccadilly, London, the Royal Northern College of Music, and Peterborough Cathedral. As a concerto soloist he has performed under conductors such as Natalia Luis-Bassa and Graham Walker, and has participated in master-classes with Stephen Hough, Libor Novacek, Carlo Grante, and Tom and Jonathan Scott, among others. In 2016 and 2017 Toby was awarded prizes in the Cambridge University Music Society (CUMS) Concerto Competition; he played Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto (‘Emperor’) with the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra in November 2016, under the baton of Graham Walker, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto under Natalia Luis Bassa in October 2017, both to great acclaim. Recent repertoire highlights include Liszt’s monumental Sonata in B, and Mozart’s Sonata in A, K.331.
In partnership with award-winning soprano Olivia Brett, he was part of the winning duo in the Clare College Song Competition in 2017; they will give a recital at St. Martin in the Fields in October 2018. Toby was a participant in the Pembroke Lieder Scheme in 2016-17, accompanying soprano Beatriz dos Santos in recitals and master-classes with such esteemed performers as Sir Thomas Allen. In September 2016, Toby appeared in numerous performances at the esteemed Orpheus and Bacchus Festival, near Bordeaux, France. Toby has won several notable competitions, including in 2012 First Prize in the 18-and-under Open Class at the National Finals of the EPTA UK Piano Competition; in 2013 and 2014, he won first and second prizes (respectively) in the Chetham’s/Yamaha UK Piano Competition.
He is also an experienced session musician, and a competent jazz pianist, recently commended in the Reinstein Competition at St. John’s College, Cambridge. He has worked extensively as a keyboard player in musical theatre pits, on shows ranging from Into the Woods to High School Musical. With jazz vocalist Leo Benedict, he played several of the high-profile ‘May Balls’ at Cambridge in June 2016 and 2017 (including at Clare College, St. John’s College and Christ’s College).