Review from David Truslove for Classical Source:
The premiere of Kate’s new piece written for me, The Bells, was this week at City University. It’s inspired by William Byrd’s work of the same name and was the result of our winning the Yvar Mikhashoff Commissioning Award. The concert also included two other works written for me: Michael Cutting’s I Am A Strange […]
The concerts from the Big Chamber Weekend at Saffron Hall are being broadcast on Radio 3 this week, presented by Tom McKinney. The three concerts will be split across four hour-long lunchtime broadcasts, airing Tuesday to Friday. Here’s my repertoire list…….. Schumann : MärchenerzählungenKurtág : Hommage à R. Sch.Mark Simpson : Homage to KurtágBeethoven : […]
My recording of Marvin Wolfthal’s Lulu Fantasy, with score:
Posts for the Tunnell Trust blog that Savitri and I were asked to write during our tour in Scotland: Day 1: Dundee Chamber Music From Richard: The sensible thing to do might have been to play the same programme five nights in a row, but for our Tunnell Trust tour this week we decided to […]
Review by Karl Hornsey for Yorkshire Magazine of Schumann Piano Concerto with Hull Philharmonic and James Hendry: The evening’s programme opened with the overture to Weber’s opera Der Freischutz, or The Marksman, which allowed the clarinet and horns in particular to come to the fore. The evocative horns, four of them to be precise, denote the life […]
Gershwin Concerto with Kensington Symphony Orchesta conducted by Russell Keable at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London: Review from Brian Barford for Classical Source:
After my concert the previous day of pieces by Eric Wubbels, Michael Cutting, Naomi Pinnock and Georg Friedrich Haas, I played as part of one of what Music on Main call their “kitchen parties”, at their office space in Vancouver. Music by Scarlatti, Ravel and Mark Simpson:
A recording of the chamber music of Erika Fox is on the way from NMC Recordings, with Goldfield Ensemble. Erika was born in Vienna in 1936 and came to England as a war refugee. I had a terrific time getting to know Erika and her music, and was bowled over by the snippets I heard […]
Review from Kate Mackin for Vancouver Classical Music of my concerts in Canada earlier this month. Following on the momentum gained from hosting the ISCM World Music Days in 2017, David Pay and Music on Main continue their 5-day Modulus Festival this year, featuring a rich diversity of artists and offering an excellent sampling of […]
I’m recently back from my third trip to China, this time with violinist Savitri Grier. I first toured China in March 2017 and have now given 22 concerts there. All but one of these has been in a different city, and in the case of the one hall I had been to before, I only […]
After playing Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in the carpark in Peckham last year, Kate Whitley and I devised an expanded piano duet programme for our concert at En Blanc Et Noir – a magical outdoor festival in the village of Lagrasse, France – this summer. En Blanc Et Noir photos by Barry Lewis Alongside the […]
Videos from recital at Wigmore Hall with Savitri Grier on 6 March 2018:
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 […]
Next season Savitri Grier and I will play all ten Beethoven sonatas for piano and violin, over five concerts on tour in Scotland (6-10 March 2019). Each recital includes two sonatas, and will also feature pieces by Georges Enescu. We felt we needed something more spacious and yet equally vivid to complement the Beethoven, and […]
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
Review of Schumann Concerto, with Robin Browning and the Havant Chamber Orcehstra: “…Next on stage was Richard Uttley playing Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor. His rendition was flawless. The piano has its moments of being really up front and the soloist carried that off with boldness. But it also blended harmoniously with the whole […]
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, […]
Photos from Little Missenden Festival 2017 with Mark Simpson, including premiere of Mark Bowden’s The Breaking Wheel, which he wrote for us. Photos © Robert Piwko.
With The Choir of King’s College London (directed by Joseph Fort), Mary Bevan (soprano), Marcus Farnsworth (baritone), and James Baillieu (piano duet), on Delphian Records. ‘A well-paced account that achieves a calm and noble strength of expression … James Baillieu and Richard Uttley outshine the competition … with playing of admirable power and refinement … […]
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…
A short write-up of my Klangspuren Festival concert from Ursula Strohal, for Tiroler Tageszeitung (auf Deutsch):
From El Espectador: “La vida cultural en Bogotá es impresionante. Hay decenas de eventos sucediendo al mismo tiempo: desfiles, conciertos, danza, recitales, teatro, etc. El domingo 27 de agosto, en medio de esta intensa actividad, la Sala de Conciertos de la Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango nos ofreció un remanso de sonido, el trombonista Peter Moore […]
Having performed Bartók and a piano duo I wrote last year in Multi-Story’s Chamber Music Series at Bold Tendencies, this year Kate and I played Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in its piano duet arrangement by the composer. Review by Fiona Maddocks for The Observer: Now that the Multi-Story Orchestra has been admitted into the mainstream for […]
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 for me a very special event at 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 […]
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
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 […]
from the Tido Music app:
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 […]
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
Callum was Featured Artist on BBC Radio 3 last Sunday. Presenter Jonathan Swain talked about Callum and played Ravel’s Pièce en forme de Habanera and Poulenc’s Violin Sonata from our CD La Voix.
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.
Review of La Voix from Christopher Dingle in BBC Music Magazine:
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, […]
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 […]
Night Music, a disc of chamber music by Mark Simpson, will be released on NMC Recordings on 20 May 2016.
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 […]
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, 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:
Review here of my Grieg Piano Concerto with Haffner Orchestra and Justin Doyle, from Henry Prince for the Virtual Lancaster News Blog.
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, […]
photos © Brian Slater
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; […]