Toby Young is a lecturer in music at Somerville College, Oxford, and Co-Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Creativity in Research, for whom he has curated installations and events at the Venice Biennale, the Tavistock Centre and Cornell University. In addition, Toby is a songwriter and producer for electronica and urban artists, including Chase & Status, Jacob Banks and MOKO.


English, Italian

An idea worth spreading

Did you know it costs less to go to the opera than to a football match?

I am a…

Activist, Artist, Connector, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Event planner, Explorer, Idea generator, Musician, Performer, Producer, Project manager, Writer/Editor


University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of Westminster

Talk to me about

Music, philosophy, art and culture. Or anything. Anything is good too.

People don’t know I’m good at

Cooking. One day I’ll pack it all in and start up an restaurant in the hills of Tuscany.

My TED story

Is just about to start . . .