Toshi Clinch is an in demand arranger, composer and bassist located in Melbourne, Australia. He began playing trumpet at a young age, and soon picked up the double bass when he began studies at Blackburn high school. While there, Clinch had the opportunity to perform with many professional musicians across Melbourne including John Foreman and Greg Spence, and was selected as the Division 1 Superband bassist at Generations in Jazz in both 2010 and 2011. Following his time at Blackburn he was selected as the bassist for the Melbourne Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2012 and began his studies towards a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
In 2013 Clinch transferred to the University of North Texas (UNT) where he was accepted into the prestigious school of music on a scholarship. During this period he performed with multiple university ensembles on bass, including the U-Tubes who performed in Valencia, Spain as part of winning the Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble award by the International Trombone Association. Additionally he had the chance to perform with Tom "Bones" Malone and Bob Reynolds while at UNT, and studied under Grammy nominated composer Richard DeRosa and Grammy Award-Winning bassist Lynn Seaton. In 2016 he graduated with a degree in jazz arranging and began working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a professional bassist.
Recently Clinch has been highly in demand globally as an arranger and composer. Artists that he has written for include the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Big Band, X-Factor finalist Dan Hamill, and various West End artists. His arrangements have been performed all over the world including the Thailand International Jazz Festival, and played by various high schools and universities. Clinch has composed for video games, vocalists, cruise ship entertainers, high schools, universities, and is the primary arranger for The Flyboys. In 2017 he released his debut big band album titled "Vesuvius" with the US version of the Toshi Clinch Big Band. Shortly after the release he relocated back to Melbourne to pursue a career as an educator and clinician in music
Clinch currently teaches bass guitar and double bass at St Paul's Anglican Grammar School, Waverley Christian College and Korowa Anglican Girls' School. He is also the event coordinator for the Big Band Through The Ages Jazz Festival and performs regularly around Melbourne.