Award Recipient - 2016 Hands

TOBY THATCHER

Toby Thatcher is Assistant Conductor to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a position he's held since early 2015. In the same year, Toby was a finalist and prizewinner at the Georg Solti International Conducting Competition with the HR- Sinfonieorchester and Frankfurter Opern und Museumsorchester, and Neeme Jarvi Prize winner at the 2015 Menuhin Festival. He is the founder and director of London-based orchestra Ensemble Eroica, as well as conductor of contemporary music group ensemble x.y. Toby has worked with orchestras internationally including: Sydney Symphony Orchestra, HR-Sinfonieorchester, Ensemble Modern, Frankfurter Opern und Museumsorchester, Menuhin Festival Orchestra, and the Jarvi Academy Orchestra. In 2015/2016 he will be making his concert debut with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonieorchester Basel.

In 2014 Toby Thatcher 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). In his final year of studies Toby performed with the London Philharmonia, and London Sinfonietta, as well as being offered a trial with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the position of Principal Cor Anglais. In July 2013 Toby was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra's European tour, performing in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Berlin Konzerthaus.

Toby will use the Stacey Award prize to establish regular projects in Australia to enable a collaboration between the current and next generations of orchestral musicians. Sydney-based Verbrugghen Ensemble will play a central part to these plans, enabling projects with students from Sydney Conservatorium and farther afield. Thatcher is the 2016 recipient of the University of Sydney's Outstanding Achievements of Young Alumni Award.

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