Lutenist and guitarist Toby Carr is known as a versatile and engaging artist, performing with some of the finest musicians in the business.
Toby was introduced to the lute while studying the classical guitar at Trinity Laban, leading to a postgraduate degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he has since been welcomed back as a professor. He now has a busy performing career on a variety of plucked instruments as a soloist, continuo player, accompanist and chamber musician.
The challenge of presenting old music to new audiences in exciting ways takes up most of his professional life, and as such Toby has performed with most of the principal period instrument ensembles in the UK. These include the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, La Nuova Musica and Dunedin Consort, as well as modern orchestras and opera companies such as the Royal Ballet, London Philharmonic Orchestra and English Touring Opera.
A specialism in 17th century song accompaniment has led to collaborations with singers such as Emma Kirkby, Nicholas Mulroy, Helen Charlston and Alexander Chance.
Toby is a member of Ceruleo, Lux Musicae London and Ensemble Augelletti and has appeared on numerous recordings.
Settled in Greenwich with his wife and collaborator, baroque harpist Aileen Henry, Toby’s interests outside of music include cooking and travelling, though when not working he generally tries to do as little as possible.