MA (Cantab), MPerf, ArtDip, FHEA
British pianist Richard Uttley studied at Cambridge University, graduating from Clare College with a Double First in Music, and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Martin Roscoe. Noted for the integrity of his musicianship as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist in a wide range of repertoire, Richard has been recognised for his ‘musical intelligence and pristine facility’ (International Record Review), ‘amazing decisiveness’, and ‘tumultuous performance’ (Daily Telegraph). His playing has frequently been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has featured on BBC Two, BBC Four, BBC World Service, Classic FM and Sky Arts. He won the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2006 and the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) auditions in 2011.
Richard has released several solo recordings to critical acclaim and appeared at venues and festivals including Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), Banff Centre (Alberta), Bath Festival, Bridgewater Hall, BOZAR (Brussels), Ca-dogan Hall, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Klangspuren Festival (Innsbruck), Konzerthaus Berlin, Modulus Festival (Vancouver), Musikverein (Vienna), Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, and has toured in China and Columbia.
Richard’s long-term chamber music collaborators include composer-clarinettist Mark Simpson, violinists Savitri Grier and Callum Smart, and horn player Ben Goldscheider. He also works with artists such as cellist Leonard Elschenbroich, trumpeter Simon Höfele, trombonist Peter Moore, and oboist Olivier Stankiewicz, and has par-ticipated in Open Chamber Music at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove. In 2019 Richard won the Yvar Mikhashoff pianist/composer commissioning prize with composer Kate Whitley. Other composers Richard has collaborated closely with include Julian Anderson, Francisco Coll, Michael Cutting, Erika Fox, Rolf Hind, Matthew Kaner and Naomi Pinnock.
In addition to teaching at the Royal College of Music, Richard teaches a module on the intersection between musical thought and practice at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and piano at City, University of London. In 2021 he became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Photo: Cathy Pyle
Faculties / departments: Keyboard, Junior Department
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