GIFTED young pianist Richard Uttley returns to Huddersfield this weekend to play at an internationally renowned festival.
Richard, whose family live in Birkby, is a classical pianist and one of six musicians chosen to take part in the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival as part of its Shorts series of concerts.
He will play in the Phipps Hall at the University of Huddersfield at 3pm on Monday. His mum and dad will be in the audience.
Richard studied in the sixth form at Greenhead College before gaining a double first in music at Cambridge.
He is currently studying with Martin Roscoe at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama majoring in performance. His aim is to be a professional classical musician.
The HCMF Shorts project showcases the best emerging young musicians.
They get to perform for an audience at the UK’s top festival for new music and to meet high profile people from the industry.
Richard began playing the piano at the age of nine and attended the Junior School of the Royal Northern College of Music before going to Clare College, Cambridge. Three years ago, Richard won the British Contemporary Piano Competition, which led to his first recording.
This Summer, Richard appeared in a BBC Proms Composer Portrait on Louis Andriessen, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Plans for next year include recitals in the Purcell Room at London’s Southbank Centre, atŠ the Ribble Valley International Piano Week, and in the Royal Festival Hall.