Virtuoso violinist Callum Smart, who reached the finals of the 2010 BBC Young Musicians of the Year competition at the age of 13, returns to Breinton for his third recital. Richard Uttley is a sought-after soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, heard regularly on BBC Radio 3.
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 and now enjoys critical acclaim for his silky tone, lyrical lines and accomplished interpretations.
Callum recently made his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, a work he visits again this season with re-invitations from the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
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.
- Debussy: Violin Sonata in G Minor
- Prokofiev: Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a
- Brahms: Sonata in G major
- Ysaye / Saint-Saens: Caprice in the Form of a Waltz
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