A versatile musician who performs in a wide range of styles and settings, Toby Carr is a guitarist and lutenist who grew up in Hertfordshire before moving to London to pursue further education.
Toby studied classical guitar with Graham Anthony Devine at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he also discovered lutes and early guitars under the tutelage of David Miller. Going on to postgraduate study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Bob Brightmore (classical guitar) and David Miller and William Carter (historical performance) he continued onto the MPerf course as a historical performance specialist, graduating in 2016. While still active as a classical guitarist and teacher Toby has developed a specialism in the performance of renaissance and baroque music, particularly that of seventeenth century England and Italy, performing in this context regularly as a soloist, accompanist and continuo player. This has led to work with groups and organisations such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne Youth Opera and Dame Emma Kirkby’s Dowland Works, including being a founding member of emerging ensembles Ceruleo and Lux Musicae London.
Now settled in south-east London with his harpist fiancé, Toby is gaining a reputation as an innovative and exciting performer and educator, working with some of the finest musicians in the business.