Toby Purser first came to prominence following recognition in the 2002 Leeds Conducting Competition, and following his participation in the 2007 Vendome Academy with Janos Furst and John Nelson was selected Assistant Conductor of L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris.
In November 2014, he made his company debut at ENO conducting two performances of The Marriage of Figaro. and has recently been awarded the ENO Mackerras Fellowship 2016-2018. He has been a regular guest at Grange Park Opera where he conducted Madama Butterfly, Eugene Onegin, Rigoletto and Fortunio, which was also performed at the Buxton Festival. Recent engagements also include Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underword, and Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment for Opera Della Luna at Iford Arts, and Haydn’s La Canterina for Bampton Classical Opera. Working for Pimlico Opera each winter since 2008, he has conducted productions in various prisons, with a cast of inmates performing alongside professionals in repertoire including Sister Act, Les Misérables, Sugar, Sweeney Todd and West Side Story. A CD a Bel Canto arias recorded with Mexican tenor Jesús León and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has just been released.
In 2005 Toby Purser founded the Orion Orchestra, a stepping-stone orchestra for the most talented musicians leaving music college, and has developed it into one of London’s great orchestral successes, and recognised as a leading organisation for young musicians. Other orchestras he has conducted include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Concert Orchestra, L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Kotorart Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Orpheus Sinfonia, Sinfonia Viva, Kammerphilharmonie Graz, St Petersburg Camerata and the St Petersburg Festival Orchestra. From 2002 until 2011 he was principal conductor of the London International Orchestra.
In 2010 he was invited by the Aberystwyth International MusicFest to direct its first conductors’ class, following which his class is now established as an annual event. He was also assistant to the late George Hurst at the Canford Summer School of Music, where he remains a tutor.