Toby Purser studied conducting under George Hurst, Ilya Musin, and Colin Metters, as well as in masterclasses including with Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Martyn Brabbins, Janos Furst, Ken Kiesler, John Nelson, Jorma Panula, and Mark Wigglesworth.
Founder and Principal Guest Conductor of the ground-breaking Orion Orchestra, his unique combination of passion and intellect led to an invitation to join English National Opera for two seasons as ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellow conducting productions of The Turn of the Screw and La traviata. He is Artistic Director of the Peace and Prosperity Trust, and Musical Director of New Sussex Opera.
Other companies with which he has worked include Bampton Classical Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, Grange Park Opera, Opera della Luna, Opera National de Paris, and Pimlico Opera. Orchestral engagements have included performances with the St Petersburg Festival Orchestra, Kammerphilharmonie Graz, L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and many leading British orchestras including the London Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, which he conducted in Jesús León’s debut CD Bel Canto for Opus Arte CD.