Born in 1997 into a musical family, Toby learnt piano, cello and music theory from a young age. He became a Truro Cathedral chorister in 2004, and in 2010 he went on to win Music and Art scholarships at Truro School, achieving a distinction at grade 8 piano aged 14. As an early teenager he became interested in a wide variety of musical genres, helped by the influence of his older brother, Ben. He gradually made jazz piano his chief musical study, and was accepted into the South West Music School core programme (a government initiative set up to foster gifted and talented young musicians in the South West). He formed and led his own band who played at professional function gigs, and frequently composed and arranged music for it.
After attaining 11 GCSEs aged 16 he went on to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, where his principal study is jazz piano. He is keen to seek out creative challenges and to stretch his musical skills; while accompanying Newton Faulkner on keys (during a collaborative charity gig involving 6th form Chetham’s jazz musicians) the two marked the first time in Faulkner’s entire career where he performed without holding a guitar. In autumn 2015 he will embark on a four-year course studying jazz piano at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama.