Toby Hughes

2011 Julius Isserlis Scholar

Awarded: £15,000 grant towards study abroad

Born in Bristol U.K. on 29th November 1992. Educated at Steiner Waldorf School and then at home, he started playing Double Bass at the age of nine years.

Toby formerly attended the Junior Conservatoire in Birmingham where he also learnt the Piano, Guitar and Bassoon and became bass section leader of the Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and also the C.B.S.O. Youth Orchestra. He was 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. He has performed at a number of major concert venues including The Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), St Paul’s Cathedral, The Barbican Centre London, Leeds Town Hall, St David’s Hall Cardiff, the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts and as a soloist in a public concert at St Martin’s-in–the-Fields, London.

Toby was formerly continuing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department in London where he was principal bass of the Symphony Orchestra, before being invited to Switzerland in September 2009 to study with Professor Božo Paradžik at the combined universities of Lausanne, Fribourg and Sion.

Now in his second year at University, Toby was awarded the ‘Future Talent’ Coombs Scholarship in 2010 by the Duchess of Kent which enabled him to continue his studies and in May this year was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Julius Isserlis Scholarship’ for study abroad. This autumn Toby will be moving to Lucerne where he will complete the third year of his Bachelor’s degree with Professor Paradžik.

Toby’s interests extend well beyond Classical Music and he plays both electric and acoustic guitar in a variety of styles.

(Updated July 2011)

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