Toby Thatcher


  • Piano
  • Oboe
  • Recorder
  • Harmony
  • Music Theory
  • Aural and Syllabus Work
  • Coaching Young Conductors

About Toby:

Toby is an Australian / British conductor. In 2014 he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with an MA in Music Performance where he studied oboe with Christopher Cowie (London Philharmonia and Academy of St Martin in the Fields Principal Oboe) and Jill Crowther (London Philharmonia Principal Cor Anglais).

He is currently mentored by Peter Eötvös. Toby is the director of Zeitgeist, an upcoming online gallery for the presentation of sociopolitical content in a variety of genres through an arts/creative lens.

Between 2015-17 Toby was Assistant Conductor to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and in 2017 was shortlisted for the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award.

Toby was a finalist and prizewinner at the Georg Solti International Conducting Competition with the HR-Sinfonieorchester and Frankfurter Opern und Museumsorchester (2015), and Neeme Jarvi Prize winner at the 2015 Menuhin Festival. Toby has worked with orchestras internationally including: Sydney Symphony Orchestra, HR-Sinfonieorchester, Ensemble Modern, Frankfurter Opern und Museumsorchester, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Auckland Philharmonia, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Upcoming projects include the re-launch of Ensemble Eroica alongside poetry, theatre and literary performers, as a new generation of Classical and Romantic performance, first appearances with the Pannon Philharmonic and in 2020 a significant Australian/New Zealand/Asian tour.

With years of tutoring, teaching and coaching experience Toby is perfectly placed to help to nurture and grow students musical passion. Whether you are learning as part of a hobby or need to ensure top marks in performance and theory, Toby will ensure you get where you need to be.



  • “Toby is an incredibly organised, diligent, hardworking individual. His vast knowledge of music, experience conducting Orchestras and one to one teaching experience make him an excellent addition to any educational team.”
  • “…he brings a professionalism often lacking in other young conductors.”
  • “His ability to  to draw the best from the young musicians within an educational environment is second to none. I recommend Mr. Thatcher without hesitation.”