Pianist Beate Toyka was born in Germany into a musical and international family, and studied at Cologne Conservatoire and then at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Hamish Milne.
Following a period living and working in Botswana, she settled in Derbyshire, where she formed the Derby Piano Quartet (four pianists at two pianos) and performs with the Attenborough Piano Quartet and the Mercian Piano Trio.
She has performed J S Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues several times, and has played Chopin's four Ballades and his complete cycle of Etudes. She has also played concertos by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.
A selection of M&V articles about Beate Toyka
A Sure Hand - Beate Toyka plays Schubert's last piano sonata, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Winning Flexibility - A recital by Agnieszka Kozlowska and Beate Toyka, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. New Light - Mozart's Requiem from the Sitwell Singers impresses Mike Wheeler
Variety of Mood - Brahms and Stanford from The Sitwell Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Vividly Projected - Richard Roddis and Beate Toyka perform Robert Schumann, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Sense of Purpose - Beate Toyka and Thomas Solzbacher celebrate Chopin, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. An Involving Performance - Brahms' German Requiem, sung by the Derwent Singers, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Power and Delicacy - Beate Toyka plays Grieg's piano concerto, heard by Mike Wheeler