Ben Goldscheider – Horn
Nominated by the Barbican as an ECHO Rising Star for the 2021/22 season, Ben Goldscheider has given recitals at major concert halls across Europe. Ben has
performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo and made his BBC Proms concerto debut in 2022 performing the Ethel Smyth Concerto for Horn and Violin with Elena Urioste and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kazuki Yamada. Ben has also appeared as a soloist with many other orchestras all over Europe. In the 2023/24 season, Ben will premiere multiple new commissions for horn including concerti, solo and chamber works.
He was a prize-winner at the 2019 YCAT International Auditions and a BBC Young Musician Concerto Finalist in 2016. Born in London, in 2020 Ben completed his studies with honours at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin with Radek Baborák. In 2023, Ben was appointed Artist in Association at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Callum Smart – Violin
Callum is quickly developing an international reputation as one of Britain’s finest young violinists. Recognized as a rising star since winning the BBC Young Musician strings category and being the top European prize-winner at the Menuhin Competition in 2010, Smart now enjoys concert appearances with the UK’s leading orchestras, including re-invitations to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. This season Callum makes his full debut with the Hallé Orchestra, performing Saint Saens Concerto no 3, as well as performances of Elgar, Glazunov, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Korngold, and Sibelius. Smart earned an Artist Diploma from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with Mauricio Fuks. He then took up a place on the International Artist Diploma postgraduate course at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) studying with Ana Chumachenco and Noah Bendix-Bagley.
Richard Uttley – Piano
Richard is noted for the integrity of his musicianship as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist in a wide range of repertoire. His playing has frequently been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has featured on BBC Two, BBC Four, BBC World Service, Classic FM and Sky Arts. He won the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2006 and the Young Classical Artists Trust International Auditions in 2011. He studied at Cambridge University, graduating from Clare College with a Double First in Music, and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Martin Roscoe. Richard has released several solo recordings to critical acclaim and appeared at venues and festivals all over the world. Richard is a piano professor at the Royal College of Music, and also teaches at the RCM Junior Department, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and City, University of London. In 2021 he became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.