Callum Smart violin Richard Uttley piano
Callum Smart violin Richard Uttley piano

Thursday May 25th 1.05-2.05pm

Callum Smart  violin
Richard Uttley  piano

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Prokofiev

Sonata 2 in D

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Brahms

Sonata 1 in G major

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Ysaye

Caprice in form of a waltz

“…the sincerity of Smart’s singing line is cause for celebration, and the recital is quite outstanding in its unique sequence and profile of a superb young player” Andrew Parker, International Record Review

Callum Smart attracted wide public attention at the age of thirteen having won the strings category of the 2010 BBC Young Musicians Competition performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Vasily Petrenko. In the same year he went on to become the top European prize-winner at the Menuhin Competition held in Oslo.

Since then Callum has appeared at a number of European festivals including the Dvořák Festival in Prague, the Menuhin Festival, Les Sommets Musicaux in Gstaad and the Valdres Sommersymfoni Festival with pianist Gordon Back, the Mecklenburg Vorpommern with the Polish Chamber Orchestra, and the Malmö International String Festival with Jonas Vitaud. In March 2016 Callum gave recital performances with the pianist Richard Uttley in Birmingham, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris. Other UK recitals have included the Cheltenham Festival, Glasgow, Leeds, the Lichfield Festival, Manchester and Perth.

Following his recent debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, this season sees Callum make his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 under Matthew Halls, and a performance of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto at the Windsor Festival with Matthew Trusler and the Orpheus Sinfonia. His previous concerto appearances have covered repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven to Prokofiev, Britten and Glazunov, with orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall under Michael Collins. Further afield Callum has performed with the Polish Chamber Orchestra and in 2013 made his North American debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra under Grant Llewellyn.

March 2016 saw the release of Callum’s second recital disc on the recording label Orchid Classics with pianist Richard Uttley. Featuring works by Fauré, Poulenc and Ravel the disc featured as one of the Strad Magazine’s recommended recordings of the month, and was accorded 4 star reviews both in the BBC Music Magazine and the Observer, highlighting Callum’s silky tone, lyrical lines and accomplished interpretation. This follows the critical acclaim of his first recital disc with pianist Gordon Back, when he was named as a BBC Music Magazine Rising Star: Great Artists of Tomorrow.  Callum began his studies with Maciej Rakowski whose tutelage continued alongside his studies at Chetham’s School of Music. As the recipient of the Premier Young Artist Award, Callum studies with Mauricio Fuks at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana.  Callum plays on a c.1730-35 violin by Carlo Bergonzi.

Richard Uttley is noted for the integrity and breadth of his musicianship as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. He has been recognised for his ‘musical intelligence and pristine facility’ (International Record Review), ‘amazing decisiveness’, and ‘tumultuous performance’ (Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph). His playing is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has featured on BBC Four and Sky Arts. Richard was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2011.

Recent highlights include solo recitals in Bridgewater Hall, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Cité des Arts, and concertos by Mozart, Brahms and Grieg. In collaboration with violinist Callum Smart, last season Richard released a CD of French music on Orchid Classics (La voix, selected as a Recommended Recording by The Strad magazine) and gave recitals in Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre and Konzerthaus Berlin. This season includes return visits to HCMF and Saffron Hall (solo recitals), Wigmore Hall with Savitri Grier, Multi-Story with Kate Whitley, and live radio broadcasts with Mark Simpson and Peter Moore.

Richard has released three solo discs to critical acclaim. Ghosts & Mirrors (ARC, 2014), was the first recording to be made at Milton Court Concert Hall. Richard spent a Winter Residency at The Banff Centre (Canada) preparing the programme and the disc was launched with live visuals in collaboration with artist Nat Urazmetova. A passionate advocate of new music, Richard won the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2006 and has made several recordings for NMC. Richard recently contributed to the Tido Music app, an innovative educational project with Edition Peters, filming performances and tutorials for their Piano Masterworks series. He also recorded for the CDs that accompany the ABRSM Piano Syllabuses 2015-16 and 2017-18.

Born in Bradford, Richard studied piano with Ian Buckle, then Music at Clare College, Cambridge (Double First, 2008), and at Guildhall School with Martin Roscoe. He was mentored by Rolf Hind through the RPS/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme. In 2014, Richard was invited to attend Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove.

Richard is on the teaching staff at Guildhall School and City University, and is a trustee of New Dots, a charity supporting emerging composers and performers.          www.richarduttley.com

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