A committed chamber musician, Ben has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall with tenor Julian Prégardien and pianist Christoph Schnackertz, the Pierre Boulez Saal alongside Daniel Barenboim and Michael Barenboim and the Verbier Festival with Sergei Babayan. Ben is a student of Radek Baborák at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, following studies with Susan Dent at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.
Callum Smart attracted wide public attention at the age of thirteen having won the strings category of the 2010 BBC Young Musician Competition. In the same year he went on to become the top European prize-winner at the Menuhin Competition, and he has worked with many of the UK’s leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Now with two recital discs to his name, 2016 saw the release of Callum’s second disc on the Orchid Classics label with Richard Uttley.
Having returned to the UK following his Premier Young Artist scholarship at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana where he studied with Mauricio Fuks, Callum is now based in Manchester taking up a place on the International Artist Diploma post-graduate course at the Royal Northern College of Music. He previously attended the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Chetham’s School of Music.
Noted for the integrity and breadth of his musicianship as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, Richard Uttley has been recognised for his ‘musical intelligence and pristine facility’ (International Record Review), ‘amazing decisiveness’, and ‘tumultuous performance’ (Daily Telegraph). His playing is frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has featured on BBC Two, BBC Four, Classic FM and Sky Arts. He won the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2006 and was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2011.
Highlights this season include solo recitals in Modulus Festival (Vancouver), Gershwin’s Concerto in F at Queen Elizabeth Hall, a complete cycle of Beethoven’s sonatas for piano and violin with Savitri Grier, a series of chamber music concerts curated by clarinettist/composer Mark Simpson at Saffron Hall, and the premiere of a new work written for Richard by Kate Whitley. Richard read Music at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating with a double first in 2008, and then studied at Guildhall School with Martin Roscoe.