Toby White

Award: Karl Motesiczky Scholarship

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Cello

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Toby is currently completing his Masters degree as a scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the class of Louise Hopkins.
Toby was born in 1993 in Ripon, North Yorkshire, at aged 13 he won a scholarship to study at Wells Cathedral School with Richard May. In 2008 he received a grant from the Pierre Fournier Award, given to outstanding young cellists at UK music schools. Toby was then awarded a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he studied with Alexander Baillie and Tim Lowe graduating with BMus (hons) in 2015.

Toby was a founding member of the Cavatina Quartet who made their Wigmore Hall debut shortly after winning the International Bloch competition in July 2013. In May 2014 he performed live on BBC Radio 3 for a Total Immersions project performing chamber works by Villa-Lobos and later that year performed in a series of chamber concerts as part of the City of London Festival. As a chamber musician Toby has participated in many masterclasses with the Belcea, Endellion, Wihan and Chilingirian quartets. Over the past 3 years Toby had been a regular performer at the Mendelssohn on Mull chamber festival most recently performing Schubert string quintet with, amongst others, Levon Chilingirian and Stephen Orton.

In July 2016 Toby performed Anthony Payne’s ‘Out of the depths comes song’ live on BBC radio 3 as part of the pre-concert proms. Other highlights this year include performances of Schumann piano trio no.1 and Elgar piano quintet with Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, a performance of Bach ‘the musical offering’ with Levon Chilingirian and the Chilingirian quartet at King’s Place and a performance of Shostakovich 1st cello concerto with the St Cecilia orchestra. Later this year Toby will be involved in a workshop playing Mendelssohn octet with Janine Jansen.

Toby was the grateful recipient of a Help Musicians UK Fleming Award in 2016 and his studies are generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust.