Born in 1962 in London, Andrew Toovey studied composition with Jonathan Harvey, Morton Feldman and Michael Finnissy. The diverse influences upon his music embrace poetry - Artaud, cummings, Rilke - and visual art: Bacon, Beuys, Miro, Riley, Rothko and others. His educational activity includes working with, and writing for, COMA, and for Thalia Myers Spectrum project for piano students.

Toovey has written operas and orchestral music, as well as works for chamber ensembles and solo instruments. He is Artistic Director of the new music ensemble IXION.