‘Toby was the pianist for the Cambridge University Chamber Choir’s 2016 Spring concert, accompanying a number of solo songs and the choir’s performance of George Shearing’s ‘Songs and Sonnets’. He was stunning throughout, displaying not only a virtuoso technique but a flexibility and sensitivity to solo singers and choir alike.’
Tim Brown (conductor)
Toby is experienced as a recitalist, soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, having 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. He has performed as a concerto soloist with the reputable Orchestra da Camera, and has participated in master-classes with Stephen Hough, Libor Novacek, Carlo Grante, and Tom and Jonathan Scott, among others. Most recently, Toby was awarded 2nd Prize in the Cambridge University Music Society (CUMS) Concerto Competition; he will play Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto (‘Emperor’) with the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra in November 2016, under the baton of Graham Walker. In September 2016, Toby will appear in numerous performances at the esteemed Orpheus and Bacchus Festival, near Bordeaux, France (www.orpheusandbacchus.com).
He is also an experienced session musician, and a competent jazz pianist. He has worked extensively as a keyboard played in musical theatre pits, on shows ranging from Into the Woods to High School Musical. With jazz vocalist Leo Benedict, he played at several of the high-profile ‘May Balls’ at Cambridge in June 2016 (including at Clare College, St. John’s College and Christ’s College).
As a pianist, 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. Toby was also a two-time winner of the Peterborough Young Musician of the Year Competition, and was awarded the Sheila Mossman Memorial Prize for achieving the National Highest Mark in his ABRSM Grade VIII Piano.
An experienced chamber musician and accompanist too, Toby now plays regularly in a piano quartet at Cambridge, having recently tackled Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 3, Op. 60.