Richard Uttley graduated from Clare College, Cambridge in 2008 with a Double First in Music. He was awarded a Distinction in his Master’s and Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, studying with Martin Roscoe, and held a Fellowship there 2010-2012. He previously studied with Ian Buckle (for ten years), and attended the Junior School of the Royal Northern College of Music. He has given recitals or performed concertos in most of the UK’s major halls; festival appearances include the City of London and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festivals. He has recorded and performed for the BBC at Maida Vale Studios, as part of a Proms Plus Composer Portrait on Louis Andriessen, and in Total Immersion Days on Stockhausen, Ferneyhough and Knussen.
Richard has been recognised for his ‘musical intelligence and pristine facility’ (International Record Review) and featured as a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine. His 2010 London début, in the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, was described by The Times as ‘a brilliant recital’. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2011. He has recorded two critically-acclaimed recital discs and commissioned works from composers including Timothy Jackson, Mark Simpson and Chris Willis. Composers he has played to include Thomas Adès, Louis Andriessen, Sally Beamish, Brian Ferneyhough and Robin Holloway.
Rolf Hind, piano
Richard Uttley, piano
Richard Benjafield, percussion
George Barton, percussion
Robert Campion, gamelan
Isabelle Carré, gamelan
PULSE, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, brings together British/Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova and Scottish film-maker Ruth Paxton to create a new score and film. Taking the ideas of ‘pulse’ and ‘place’, this collaboration pairs Tabakova’s rich musical language with Paxton’s bold film-making to create a piece that explores the energy and diversity of life in a modern city and the driving forces behind how different societies and cultures mix. www.pulse2014.org
‘I am absolutely delighted and extremely grateful that our project has been selected. To present our work at the New Music Biennial, knowing it will be seen by such a varied audience is a privilege and inspiration. I can’t wait to get started with Ruth Paxton on this exciting collaboration.’
‘This chance to promote classical music to new audiences when the spotlight’s on Glasgow is fantastic. Supporting composers and creativity in new music is at the heart of our work. To bring two dynamic young artists together and to celebrate the spirit of the Commonwealth Games is a thrilling prospect.’ Royal Philharmonic Society
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PULSE was commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society.
‘Dobrinka Tabakova’s Pulse, […] confirmed the talent of this young British composer: one to watch.’ The Observer
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Recorded by Andrew Keener and Simon Eadon for the Royal Philharmonic Society at the Warehouse, London on 20 October 2013