The Assistant Conductor position is supported by Premier Partner Credit Suisse
Toby Thatcher was raised in Sydney and studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. At the age of 19 he participated in the Symphony Australia Young Conductor Development Program, which gave him the opportunity to work with the Adelaide Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras over a period of two years.
He completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, during which time he participated in several international conducting masterclasses, studying with Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Johannes Schlaefli, Leonid Grin and Nicolás Pasquet. Following his graduation he won third prize at the Georg Solti International Conducting Competition with the HR-Sinfonieorchester and Frankfurter Opern und Museumsorchester, conducting Strauss's Don Juan and Dvořák's Carnival Overture in the final.
In addition to conducting, Toby Thatcher plays cor anglais, and in 2014 he was offered a trial with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the position of Principal Cor Anglais and placed on the extra list for the Philharmonia Orchestra. The previous year he'd performed with the London Sinfonietta at the Royal Festival Hall. He has also been a principal player in the Australian Youth Orchestra (2012-13), taking part in their European tour led by Christoph Eschenbach and Joshua Bell, with concerts in some of Europe's leading concert halls, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Berlin Konzerthaus.
Toby is the founder and director of London-based chamber orchestra Ensemble Eroica, and a guest conductor of contemporary music group ensemble x.y. He was announced as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Assistant Conductor in April 2015.