As part of the city’s Debussy Festival, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group presented a series of events focussed on Debussy and his legacy. For Debussy’s Heirs (in December 2017) I joined Stephan Meier, Julian Anderson and Paul Griffiths at the CBSO Centre for an event looking at how Debussy’s music influenced composers up to the present […]
Livestream of recital with Ian Buckle, as part of Pixels Ensemble’s Debussy Weekend at Leeds University. Available on demand. Debussy : Six épigraphes antiques Grainger : “In a Nutshell” Suite Debussy : En blanc et noir
From the BBC Radio 3 studio on ‘In Tune’ with Vadim Gluzman, who was in London to play with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican: During the interview Vadim explained how the Stradivari he plays previously belonged to Leopold Auer, who taught Jascha Heifitz and Nathan Milstein (amongst other greats) – an auspicious heritage… […]
Kate Whitley and I are very pleased to have won the eleventh Yvar Mikhashoff Trust Pianist / Composer Commissioning Project Award. Kate will be writing me a major new work for the 2018/19 season, which I will premiere at the City University concert series. Kate and I sometimes play together in piano duo or duet, […]
Peter Moore and I have been playing a lot together recently, including on tour in China and Columbia. We also filmed this short piece for Classic FM, which they shared on Facebook. 1.1 million views and counting…
Interview with the Ribble Valley International Piano Week ahead of their 30th anniversary season here.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]
Livestream of recital with Savitri Grier from Clothworkers’ Hall, Leeds University. Also available on demand. Mozart : Sonata for piano and violin in B flat, K454 Brahms : Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, op.108
from the Tido Music app:
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 […]
Videos from my recital at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2015: Tristan Murail : La Mandragore Michael Cutting : This Is Not A Faux Wood Keyboard
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
At this year’s Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival I’ll give the UK premiere of American composer Eric Wubbels’s Psychomechanochronometer. I became interested in Wubbels’s music through the Wet Ink Ensemble, of […]
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 […]
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 Bartók Sonata for two pianos and percussion – with Kate Whitley, Jude Carlton and Elsa […]
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.
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.
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.
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, 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‘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 […]
from Grieg Piano Concerto with Haffner Orchestra in Lancaster University’s Great Hall:
photos © Brian Slater
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, […]
I’m delighted to be giving the world premiere of Francisco Coll’s Vestiges  at hcmf// this year. Here’s my programme note: […]
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.
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 […]
Talking about being on the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme with Rolf Hind, and Ghosts & Mirrors.
Delighted to feature in the latest edition of Livenotes Magazine, which focuses on live music in West Yorkshire, ahead of my recital in Leeds later this year. Download the full magazine by clicking here!
Filmed by SKY for a documentary on Mark’s The Immortalisation Commission.
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; […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Mark and I have just been in the studio to record an array of repertoire for broadcast on Radio 3. Works by Bernstein, Finzi, Simon Holt, Ireland and Simpson will be broadcast over Christmas and in 2014… with Simon Holt after recording his Escaramuza
The BBC broadcast some of my recordings as part of their Transatlantic Travel: Americana series on Afternoon on 3 earlier this week: On Tuesday, Edward MacDowell’s Fireside Tales : listen here (47 minutes in) On Wednesday, Amy Beach’s Gavotte fantastique : listen here (39 minutes in) On Friday, Henry Cowell’s Exultation : listen here (2 […]
My recording of Britten’s Holiday Diary (from a concert at Maida Vale Studios in February 2013) was broadcast this weekend, during the interval of the Live in Concert broadcast of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican. You can hear it on iPlayer here (about 1 hour in) for the next week or so and […]
One of the main things I’m working on at the moment is a disc for Artists Recording Company. They gave me carte blanche on what repertoire I would record, so I had a lot of fun putting the programme together. My starting point was two previously unrecorded works, the first of which was Mark Simpson’s […]
I’m very pleased to have become the latest addition to the team who run New Dots. The founders approached me about joining them after the concert in May and I was delighted to accept, so I’m going to be helping out with it for the next couple of years at least. New Dots is a […]
Paul Kilbey wrote the following for Bachtrack after the New Dots concert in May: New Dots is a new initiative devoted to supporting emerging composers and performers in contemporary music, and this was its second-ever concert, at The Forge in Camden. Four world premières and one UK première – all New Dots commissions – plus […]
Review from Colin Anderson, for ClassicalSource.com: …Richard Uttley delighted the ear with solo piano music. Benjamin Britten’s Holiday Diary (1934) is of precocious prestidigitation, and Uttley caught unerringly the music’s rippling evocation, its rhythmic flair and its hustle-bustle. If not always obviously by Britten there was no doubting a young man’s talent and confidence, mirrored […]
YCAT biopic of me talking about learning Brian Ferneyhough’s extraordinary Lemma-Icon-Epigram and a few other things. Produced by Unveil Arts, funded by The Foyle Foundation. You can hear an excerpt from the recording I’m talking about here.
Review from the Canal St blog of my recital in Bridgewater Hall: We had been told that Richard Uttley had given a compelling audition to the friends committee towards the end of last year and so there was no surprise that this young man opened his recital with a flawless performance of Bach’s Partita No 1. Perhaps […]