Toby Thatcher

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Toby C Thatcher (born 28 January 1989) is an Australian-British conductor, and former orchestral oboist and cor anglais player.[1] Between April 2015 and December 2017, he was Assistant Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.[2][3] In February that year, Thatcher won third prize at the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors' Competition (see Georg Solti) for conducting Strauss's Don Juan and Dvořák's Carnival Overture in front of the hr-Sinfonieorchester and Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester.[1][4] In August 2015, Thatcher was joint winner of the inaugural Neeme Järvi Prize at the Menuhin Festival.[5] Thatcher has worked with various international ensembles, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel and Ensemble Modern.[6]

Thatcher is the Founder and Artistic Director of London-based Ensemble Eroica,[7] a group helping young musicians "fulfil the increasingly demanding roles of the 21st century musician".

Thatcher holds several awards in his birth country, including the Brian Stacey Award for Young Australian Conductors,[8] and the 2016 Award for Outstanding Achievement from the University of Sydney.

In 2014, Thatcher graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with an MA, where he studied as an oboist. During his studies, Thatcher played with orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta and the Australian Youth Orchestra.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "Toby takes up the SSO baton". Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG). 14 April 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Boon, Maxim (10 April 2015). "Toby Thatcher named Assistant Conductor of Sydney Symphony". Limelight. Arts Illuminated Pty Ltd. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b Kembrey, Melanie (9 April 2015). "Toby Thatcher appointed Sydney Symphony Orchestra assistant conductor". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Toby Thatcher". Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Toby Thatcher". Menuhin Festival Gstaad. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  6. ^ "PLUG 7 - Ensemble Modern does Plug". Ensemble Modern. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Toby Thatcher". Ensemble Eroica. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Toby Thatcher". Helpmann Awards. Retrieved 21 June 2016.

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