Musician 12 – 22 August 2021
Bristol born Toby Hughes started playing double bass at the age of nine. He attended the Junior Conservatoire in Birmingham where he became bass section leader of the CBSO Youth Orchestra; he was also a member of the National Children’s Orchestra for three years and was four years with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain where he became Principal Bass.
In 2009 at the age of sixteen Toby was invited to study at the combined universities of Lausanne, Fribourg and Sion with Professor Božo Paradžik. In his second year at university, he was awarded the ‘Future Talent’ Coombs Scholarship by the Duchess of Kent and in May 2011 was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Julius Isserlis Scholarship’ which enabled him to continue with his studies. In the autumn of 2011 he moved to Berlin, where he studied with Matthew McDonald, principal Bass of the Berlin philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012 Toby returned to the UK to continue his studies with Juří Hudec at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester graduating in 2015 before going on to spend a year on the International Artists Diploma course.
During his time at the RNCM he was the winner of numerous awards including the 2013 Chandos Orchestra ‘Young Musician of the Year’, the string section of the 2014 Royal Over-Seas League Competition (the first double bassist ever to do so) and in 2016 won the Bromsgrove International Competition. He finished his studies in 2016 and is now a Junior Fellow at the RNCM.
Toby has performed with major international orchestras both in Europe and the UK. In March 2014, as part of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, he performed a series of concerts under conductor Vladimir Jurowski and in September was asked to guest lead for the Royal Northern Sinfonia. His recital engagements have included appearances at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, at Edinburgh Festival and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London both as part of the ROSL winners platforms, and this year he will be playing at the Bromsgrove and Three Choirs Festivals.