Toby Cook
Status: Member
Member Since: February 12, 2021
Last Visit:February 18, 2021

Toby Cook

Hi there, my name is Toby Cook and I’m a professional violin, viola and music theory teacher based in Berlin. I teach in person both at students' location and at my location as well as online.

As well as regular instrumental teaching and ensemble coaching of all age groups and levels, I’ve led numerous professional workshops, including ‘Music First’ and ‘Music Masters’ workshops in London and was an assistant on the Primary Arpeggione viola course and Springgrove music competition. I teach in English, Russian, French and German and am trained in a variety of methods, including Suzuki, regularly preparing students for music exams at all levels. I am currently a member of the European String Teachers’ Association, and have participated in ESTA conferences across Europe. I also regularly accompany students on the piano, and work on music theory, aural and sight reading skills for exams, including on grades in theory and academic exams across all stages.

As a performing musician, I've played as a soloist in venues across Europe and participated in several international competitions, notably receiving the Barbirolli prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition 2019. I was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra in 2018, and a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain from 2014-2015, appearing on BBC Radio 3 broadcasts and a televised BBC Prom, as well as being involved in the NYO outreach programme ‘inspire’ in schools across London, including workshops and interactive performances at the Royal Festival Hall.

Testimonials:
Tatyana Misirlogu
Toby is a fantastic teacher. He is very reliable as he is consistently organised and punctual. I constantly see progress in my child’s music skills because every lesson Toby delivers is effective and well-structured. I highly recommend him to all who wish to learn or improve on their music skills.

Jacques Da Rosa
Toby is an excellent tutor with top teaching skills..he teaches music theory in a way my 12 year old son understands the lesson easily; Toby is very attentive to my son's needs...

Pamela
Toby ist wirklich ein super Lehrer,der die Stücke gut vermittelt und das Gefühl beim Spielen mehr heraus kitzelt. Das hat uns besonders gut gefallen. Eine gute Technik ist das eine,aber die Musik zu spüren ein so wichtiges Element in der Musik und dem Erlernen eines Musikstückes. Theorie vermittelt er auch sehr gut!

Hanna Schmeink
Toby kann die Dinge sehr gut und verständlich erklären, ist geduldig und freundlich und passt sich dem Niveau des Schülers problemlos an