‘…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 and Europe, at venues including St. Martin in the Fields and St. James’ Piccadilly, London, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Dior Chapel, Montauroux (FR); most recently, he was a featured artist in the inaugural Muswell Hill Music Festival. 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, Tom Poster, Leon McCawley, Libor Novacek, and Carlo Grante, 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. As a répétiteur and opera coach, Toby studies principally with Elizabeth Rowe, but also receives tuition from Susanna Stranders and Clive Timms.
Toby performs regularly in a two-piano duo with the American pianist and academic, Peter Asimov; together, they have tackled works including Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, Ravel’s La Valse, and recently have undertaken a project to perform Messiaen’s colossal two-piano cycle Visions de l’Amen. 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 has accompanied recitals and masterclasses with Wallis Giunta, Sir Thomas Allen, Nicholas Mulroy, Yvonne Howard, Sarah Walker, Andrew Staples and Roger Vignoles. He was a participant in the Pembroke Lieder Scheme, and in September 2016, 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.
Toby is also a highly-experienced continuo harpsichordist, and has also worked extensively as a keyboard player in musical theatre pits, on shows ranging from Into the Woods to High School Musical.