Commences 7.30pm (Hartlepool Town Hall)
Haydn - Piano Sonata No.60 in C / Grieg - "Solitary Traveller", from Lyric Pieces,
Britten - Holiday Diary / Grieg - "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Bartók - 6 Roumanian Folk Dances / Grieg - "Homesickness", from Lyric Pieces,
Debussy - Estampes / Liszt - selection from Années de pèlerinage
Born in Bradford in 1987, Richard read Music at Clare College, Cambridge University, graduating in 2008 with a Double First. He studied piano with Ian Buckle for ten years, and in 2008 began studying with Martin Roscoe at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he now holds a Fellowship. In 2010 he was awarded a Distinction in his Master's of Performance and won 1st Prize in the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2011.
Over the last year Richard has appeared at the Royal Festival Hall in a Martin Musical Scholarship Fund concert (where his programme included Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy alongside the world premiere of Barkham Fantasy by Mark Simpson), given recitals at Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room for the Park Lane Group, taken part in the Ribble Valley International Piano week and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and undertaken a tour of France performing Stravinsky's Les Noces.
In 2009 he worked with Louis Andriessen in a BBC Proms Composer Portrait recorded by Radio 3 and in 2011 with Brian Ferneyhough as part of a BBC Total Immersion Day followed by a recording for the 'Hear and Now' programme. His concerto work has included performances of works by Gershwin (Symphony Hall Birmingham), Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Grieg, Poulenc, Rachmaninov and Ravel, as well as music by Adams (Grand Pianola Music) and Stockhausen (Kontra-Punkte). Engagements this season include recitals at Purcell Room and Bridgewater Hall, a live broadcast and interview on BBC Radio 3, and a performance of the Grieg Concerto with the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall.
An exceptionally versatile musician, Richard has commissioned works from composers including Timothy Jackson, Mark Simpson and Chris Willis, with funds from UH Recordings and the RVW Trust. He has released two discs of 20th and 21st Century piano music on the UH Recordings label to critical acclaim. The first CD features premiere recordings of works by Robin Holloway and led to a Rising Star feature in BBC Music Magazine. The discs are available on iTunes and Amazon, and also on Spotify. As a chamber musician Richard was an Instrumental Award Holder at Cambridge and now regularly works with various singers and instrumentalists. He has played orchestral piano for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and their contemporary music chamber group, Ensemble 10:10.
During his studies Richard won numerous prizes and awards, including 1st Prize in the Moray Piano Competition 2005 and the British Contemporary Piano Competition 2006. He has received postgraduate funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council; an Education Award (2008) and the Myra Hess Scholarship (2009) from the Musicians' Benevolent Fund; a grant from The Tillett Trust to study contemporary repertoire with Nicolas Hodges and Ian Pace; and support from the Worshipful Companies of Drapers and Salters. In masterclasses, Richard has played to Peter Donohoe, Robert Levin, Paul Lewis, Steven Osborne and Yonty Solomon, amongst others.
Aside from classical music, Richard loves film (particularly Alfred Hitchcock and Woody Allen), the novels of Ian McEwan, and musicals by Stephen Sondheim. He also composes occasionally, and had his short song cycle, Five Yeats Songs, performed by baritone Stephen Varcoe and pianist Christina Lawrie earlier this year.
" ... evangelical enthusiasm ... assiduous clarity ... lyrical poise ... a brilliant recital." - Neil Fisher / The Times.
" ... musical intelligence and pristine facility interlock seamlessly ... compendious capacity for touch control ... extremely refined, well considered and emotionally selfless ... a pianist with something to say." - Mark Tanner / International Record Review.
"... contemporary piano music has some fine young interpreters right now; Richard Uttley's is a name to add to the distinguished litany." - Paul Riley / BBC Music Magazine
"... a fascinating disc with which I cannot find fault, and it represents an impressive and auspicious debut for Richard Uttley. I hope it receives the widespread critical acclaim that it clearly deserves." - Nicholas Salwey / International Record Review
"Richard Uttley has a huge empathy with the music he plays, his musical standards are of the highest order and his understanding of a piece brings it off the page with great maturity. A concert which displayed many facets of this young man's extraordinary talent." - Leicester Mercury / Embrace Arts 'Introducing...' Series 2011
"Uttley ... proved a genial, relaxed performer with a dry sense of humour ... Beethoven's much-loved Moonlight Sonata ... played with extraordinary energy, control and elegance ... Simpson's Barkham Fantasy ... beautifully played played with great sensitivity ... The concert proved to be another Corsham Festival treat ... bringing new, challenging works alongside enduring masterworks." - Wiltshire Times / Corsham Festival 2011