William Dutton was born in 1995 in Leeds. He asked to play the violin aged 3 and began taking lessons when he was 4. In 2004 his talent was recognised by the Kazakh virtuoso Marat Bisengaliev; he subsequently studied with Marat and his wife Vassilia and then with Raimonda Koço in Leeds. In 2008 William gained a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied with Lutsia Ibragimova. As a pupil of the Yehudi Menuhin School, William regularly performed as both a soloist and in chamber music recitals. He led the viola section of the Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra in the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland in 2012, playing on Lord Menuhin's Testore viola. In April 2014, William won the Strings Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, and in 2017 he was awarded 3rd Prize at the Concours d'Interpretation Musicale de Lausanne. He completed his Bachelor degree in 2017 at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne under the tutelage of Professor Svetlana Makarova. While studying there he was kindly supported by the Bramall Trust and he is delighted to represent the musical foundation ‘Talent Unlimited' as one of their Artists. William currently plays on a 1731 Cremonese violin very kindly on loan to him by Jonathan Sparey and the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation in Amsterdam. The violin was previously owned by the late Michael Rabin.
Richard Uttley (piano) was born in Bradford in 1987 and graduated from Clare College, Cambridge in 2008 with a Double First in Music. He was awarded a Distinction in his Master's and Artist Diploma at dBuckle (for ten years), and attended the Junior School of the Royal Northern College of Music. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2011. His awards include 1st prizes in the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition 2010 and the British Contemporary Piano Competition 2006, as well as the Myra Hess Scholarship 2009. He was featured as a Selected Artist in Making Music's 2013/14 Season Concert Promoters' Network brochure, and has also featured as a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine. Highlights of 2015/16 include solo recitals in Bridgewater Hall and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; premiering works by Francisco Coll, Michael Cutting and Naomi Pinnock; recording for NMC and the ABRSM; concertos by Brahms, Grieg and Mozart; recitals with Savitri Grier (violin) including The Sage Gateshead; and collaborations with Callum Smart (violin). Richard is a trustee of New Dots, a charity promoting contemporary music. He teaches piano at City University and academic studies at Guildhall School.