Toby studied music (MusB) and viola with Lucy Nolan at the University of Manchester. Whilst at Manchester he co-established and ran the intercollegiate ‘Manchester Universities String Society’ and the ‘MSC Big Band’. He graduated with first class honours in 2016, receiving the Hargreaves dissertation award and the Procter-gregg recital prize. Toby now continues his viola studies, under scholarship, with Louise Lansdown at Birmingham Conservatoire. He is actively involved with the British Viola Society, and is Festival Coordinator of the 2017 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition.
When not playing viola, Toby enjoys cooking for friends, hiking, and the occasional beer.