The Bath Festival with Madeleine Thien

I was recently involved in what turned out to be a very special event at The Bath Festival focussed on Madeleine Thien‘s wonderful book Do Not Say We Have Nothing, which has been the recipient of numerous awards as well as shortlisted for the Man Booker and Bailey’s Prizes. I played excerpts from Bach’s Goldberg Variations – which feature prominently […]

Making Music Selected Artist 2018-19

Each year Making Music promote a handful of artists in their Selected Artists brochure, and I’m delighted to be among those selected for the 2018-19 season after being heard in recital earlier this year. Promoters affiliated with Making Music get special rates on booking, and this year – for the first time – can claim a contribution […]

China recital tour

Some photos from my tour of China last month. I gave ten recitals, in Shoaxing, Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Ningbo, Huzhou, Jiaxing, Taizhou and Suzhou, and spent some time in Shanghai. My wife was able to travel with me, and this was the first time in China for both of us. Very much enjoyed exploring the cities, […]

New Tido Music iPad app videos

I was in the studio again recently to film more pieces and tutorials for the Tido Music iPad app. The new videos – works by CPE Bach, JS Bach, Brahms, Haydn and Hensel – will be released in the coming months. In other Tido news, there was an extended piece on the app and its founder, […]

hcmf// 2016 reviews (5:4, Telegraph)

Review from Simon Cummings (5against4) of my recital at hcmf// 2016: “Having packed out Phipps Hall at HCMF last year, pianist Richard Uttley‘s Saturday morning recital found him in the considerably more fitting space of St Paul’s Hall. Taking place on a stunningly cold day—local temperatures hovering around -1°C—the audience was healthy in size but […]

Cornwall recital review

from Bude & Stratton Post, by David Robinson: Richard Uttley thrills the audience at Minstrels Music Centre in Canworthy Water Wednesday, 30 November 2016 BUDE Music Society was delighted to welcome back Richard Uttley, the young, gifted concert pianist who gave a wonderful recital at Minstrels Music Centre on Sunday, November 20 to a large […]

RPS / Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend

The Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Radio 3 put on a weekend of chamber music at The Venue in Leeds College of Music. Peter Moore and I played a lunchtime concert on 19 November, and Mark Simpson and I were asked to stand in last-minute for Annelien Van Wauwe and Nino Gvetadze (who were unable […]

hcmf// 2015 videos

Videos from my recital at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2015: Tristan Murail : La Mandragore Michael Cutting : This Is Not A Faux Wood Keyboard

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2016

Following my recital in the opening weekend of the 2015 festival, HCMF have invited me back for the closing weekend in 2016. My programme this year includes the world premiere of Michael Cutting’s I AM A STRANGE LOOP V for Fender Rhodes & tape machines, the UK premiere of Eric Wubbels’s Psychomechanochronometer, Chaya Czernowin’s fardanceCLOSE, […]

Matthew Kaner Embedded in 3 Recordings

As part of their 70th birthday celebrations, Radio 3 (in partnership with Sound and Music) are hosting Matthew Kaner as their Embedded Composer, playing his music regularly and inviting him to talk about new music on various shows. For the 70 days of the residency, Matthew has written 10 new pieces, each of which is played […]

Michael Cutting : I AM A STRANGE LOOP V (world premiere)

Building on the short piece for Fender Rhodes & delay pedal Michael wrote for me to play at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2015, for my recital there this year he is writing me a much bigger piece, this time for the Rhodes & tape machines. We are extremely grateful to the Britten-Pears Foundation for supporting this commission. Here’s Michael’s […]

Tour with Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson and I are giving a series of concerts in the UK featuring highlights of the clarinet & piano repertoire both old and new, including both Brahms Sonatas and music by Schumann, Weber, Julian Anderson and Mark Simpson. 18 October : Yamaha Music London 20 October : Aberdeen Citadel (also broadcast Radio 3) 22 October […]

Tido Music app

The Tido Music app launched last week and is now available through the iTunes Store. At its core, Tido Music is a platform for downloading and reading sheet music on iPad, but the app already also offers content and tools that take it far beyond this. I’ve been involved with the Piano Masterworks project, which is in collaboration […]

Nocturne premiere & Bartok @ Multi-Story

This summer Multi-Story ran a chamber music series in the Hay Bale Auditorium at Bold Tendencies (the transformed multi-storey car park in Peckham), alongside their big orchestral projects in the larger space. The main focus of the concerts I was involved with was the Bartok Sonata for two pianos and percussion – with Kate Whitley, Jude Carlton and Elsa […]

BBC Proms Extra with Peter Moore

Peter Moore and I played Erroll Garner’s Misty for Proms Extra, presented by Katie Derham and broadcast on BBC 2 last Saturday. It’s here on iPlayer until 19 September, and in the BBC Store thereafter (Episode 5). We’re at the end, c.35mins in.

La Voix review (ARTAMAG)

La Voix was selected as ‘Le Disque du Jour’ in French arts magazine ARTAMAG, and reviewed by Jean-Charles Hoffelé: “Smart’s second recording is once again on a French theme which is executed with flair…It is an inspired idea to open the recording with Poulenc’s capricious Violin Sonata. He plays it darkly and mysteriously with fantasy, […]

La Voix review (The Strad)

The Strad magazine selected La Voix as a Recommended Recording in their June issue. It was reviewed by Julian Haylock: Accompanied by an illuminating booklet note that captures the essence of Fauré’s A major Sonata as being composed ‘against a backdrop of heartache’, Callum Smart and Richard Uttley gently caress the finest of his early […]

Tour with Callum Smart

Some photos from concerts with Callum Smart this March playing Mozart Sonata K378, James MacMillan After the Tryst, Poulenc Sonata and Richard Strauss Violin Sonata. We had several dates in the UK, culminating in Wigmore Hall, then went to Paris for the Auditorium du Louvre and to Berlin for the Konzerthaus.  

Music Overheard

Richard Greenan (of Kit Records) came round to my flat and we talked about music and I played a bit. He made this sound collage for NTS Radio using that recording, recordings of other works by the composers we discussed (Matthew Kaner, Mark Simpson, Naomi Pinnock and Francisco Coll) and field recordings from his archives.

RPS Awards Jury

I was recently invited to be on the jury for the Large-Scale Composition section of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards. The task proved to be both immense – listening to around 24 hours of music – and highly rewarding, in that it was an ideal snapshot of the music being premiered in 2015. It was also […]

La Voix review (Observer)

Review of La Voix by Stephen Pritchard from last Sunday’s Observer: “If you need any convincing that the choice of title for this album is an appropriate one, just listen to the dreamy intermezzo of Poulenc’s sonata for violin and piano, FP 119: in the hands of Callum Smart and Richard Uttley its vocal quality […]

La Voix released

La Voix, my new CD with violinist Callum Smart, is out now on Orchid Classics. Here’s our introduction to the repertoire: The starting point for the disc was French music for violin and piano, but a theme that emerged as we rehearsed and explored these works was that of the voice. As such, we decided […]

Michael Cutting commission

Michael Cutting‘s This Is Not A Faux Wood Keyboard is probably the most unusual piece I’ve had written for me so far, and it had an interesting way of coming into being too. A year or so ago I spotted a photo Michael posted on Facebook (below) of an instrument he’d bought himself, a Fender Rhodes […]

hcmf// recital review (Sunday Times)

Paul Driver (The Sunday Times) “… Naomi Pinnock’s new Lines and Spaces, included in a brilliant recital at Phipps Hall by the pianist Richard Uttley, was explicitly inspired by Martin screenprints and a canvas. The alternation of “Space” sections — static, evacuated, quiet — with the plain mini toccatas of the “Line” ones was satisfying, […]

hcmf// recital reviews (Guardian, Telegraph, 5:4)

Reviews from my recital in the opening weekend of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2015: Kate Molleson (The Guardian) “Some of the day’s most arresting moments came in a recital by Richard Uttley. I was enthralled by his composure, lyricism and ability to hold a moment without forcing it. Tristan Murail’s La Mandragore was tender and soft-hewn; […]

Naomi Pinnock commission

As part of the Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme, through which I was mentored by Rolf Hind, the Royal Philharmonic Society were able to commission a new piece for me. I took the opportunity to ask Naomi Pinnock to write me something. I’d wanted to ask her for a solo piano piece since hearing her arresting, […]

In Tune

The Radio 3 In Tune interview and live performance is available to listen here on iPlayer for the next 30 days. I played the Mazurka from Matt Kaner’s Dance Suite, and three movements from Bach’s Partita No.4. Sean Rafferty interviewed both Matt and me.

Planet Hugill review

Review of Ghosts & Mirrors, from Robert Hugill for Planet Hugill. Pianist Richard Uttley sees the works on his new disc, Ghosts and Mirrors (on the Artists Recording Company label) as each being a reflection upon something. What the pieces also have in common, in addition to their 20th and 21st century origins, is a concern with the re-invention of […]

NTS Radio

First radio play for Ghosts & Mirrors this week – some of the Berio Encores as part of a set by Kit Records for NTS Live. Listen to the broadcast here.

Old dogs, new tricks, new dots

On 3 November we had our biggest New Dots event so far – an evening concert at King’s Place showcasing four new pieces by composer-filmmaker pairs plus a new work by Dutch composer Jan Vriend, performed by Ensemble Matisse. We called it Interference Patterns. The idea behind the project was to have composers and filmmakers working together on equal footing from […]

Ghosts & Mirrors released

Delighted to announce that Ghosts & Mirrors has now been released, on the Artists Recording Company label. It’s available on Amazon. The launch event was reviewed in the Telegraph by Ivan Hewett, and by Frances Wilson on her blog The Cross-Eyed Pianist.

Ghosts & Mirrors launch review (Telegraph)

Wednesday’s launch was reviewed in the Telegraph by Ivan Hewett: Richard Uttley, The Forge, review: ‘amazing decisiveness’ Video was a mixed blessing at the launch recital of Richard Uttley’s new album, Ghosts and Mirrors, says Ivan Hewett Sound and vision: Richard Uttley performing with video at the launch of his album Ghosts and Mirrors Photo: NAT […]

Ghosts & Mirrors London launch 15 October

On Wednesday 15 October I’m launching my new CD, Ghosts & Mirrors, at The Forge in London. I will be joined onstage by Nat Urazmetova, who has created the artwork for the disc and will mix live visuals on the night, following our first performance together at St John’s Smith Square in the Occupy the […]

Ben Foskett recording on NMC

Delighted to feature on this disc from NMC, Dinosaur, which showcases the music of composer Ben Foskett and will be released 23 June. The works included are: Five Night Pieces (Richard Uttley, piano) Hornet II (Mark van de Wiel, clarinet; London Sinfonietta; Geoffrey Paterson, conductor) From Trumpet (Hallé; Nicholas Collon, conductor) On From Four (Psappha; […]

Collaboration with Nat Urazmetova

From the programme notes to Occupy the Pianos festival at St John’s Smith Square: Nat and I began working together on this project when she created the artwork for my forthcoming CD Ghosts & Mirrors. The pieces we’re presenting in this concert all appear on that disc, so this is a sort of live version […]

Cheltenham review

Review of my recital in Cheltenham, by Ben Easey for the Gloustershire Echo: Meticulously positioning himself at the foot of the marvellous Steinways grand piano, youthful talent Richard Uttley began his concerto to the setting of Cheltenham’s Pittville Pump Room. Under the enchanting light of a chandelier, Uttley poured his passion for the classical genre into […]

Matthew Kaner commission

I’m delighted to announce a new commission for solo piano from Matthew Kaner. We’ve been talking about this new piece for months and have now got all the funding together, so I’m very excited that Matt can start work on it. His music is colourful, intricate and rich; as such his first big piano piece […]

Mark Simpson Sky Arts feature

Sky Arts have broadcast this feature on Mark’s project The Immortalisation Commission, which he’s working on through his Sky Arts Academy Scholarship. I’m on piano for Mark’s Echoes & Embers (clarinet & piano) and Barkham Fantasy (solo piano). We filmed in the beautiful Caroline Gardens Chapel (home of Asylum) in Peckham – a really atmospheric […]

Piano duo with Huw Watkins broadcast

The piano duo pieces (birthday pieces for Hans Werner Henze and Oliver Knussen) Huw Watkins and I played in a BBC concert at Maida Vale were broadcast yesterday on Radio 3 as part of the Hear and Now programme. Presented by Tom Service in conversation with Oliver Knussen. Listen here!

Ed Nesbit Interview

I interviewed Ed for the New Dots blog. You can read the full post here. It proved to be a very satisfying thing to do, and I was able to ask many of the questions I had about what it’s like being a composer today and about Ed’s music. I’m grateful for Ed’s full and […]

Glasgow Short Film Festival

Had a nice time recently at the Glasgow Short Film Festival giving the premiere of Dobrinka Tabakova and Ruth Paxton’s new collaboration PULSE, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society for the PRS New Music Biennial. The work is for gamelan, percussion and piano duet, with Ruth’s film projected live. The concert also featured various chamber […]

Galway Midwinter Festival

Just back from a great time at this festival, which is part of Music for Galway. As well as the Vaughan-Williams Piano Quintet (an early work of his I did not know, but which turns out to be full of great tunes and passion), I played Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in the piano 4-hands […]