Richard Uttley &
I first encountered Rolf Hind through his recording of the Elliott Carter Piano Sonata. As well as loving the playing on that disc I noticed the programming, which was highly imaginative and involved other repertoire that fascinated me. Rolf’s name began to crop up more and more: on the first page of scores I was learning, as the pianist who’d given the première; through his work with many of my favourite composers; his involvement in interesting projects; in fact I was once asked in an interview if I was aiming to be “the next Rolf Hind” (for the record, my reply was “No - that would be too hard!”). Contemporary music is one of my great passions, and an important part of my career, so it was totally natural that when the opportunity came up to be mentored by someone I should want that person to be Rolf.
By the time we ended up working together through this scheme Rolf and I already knew each other fairly well - I’d studied with him on and off over the years, and had played one of his chamber pieces. As such we could get straight down to talking frankly about things, and it has been amazing for me to have someone who knows a lot about who I am and what I’m doing giving me unguarded advice and guidance. Rolf’s concern has always been with the contribution I can make to musical life, and I’ve ended up doing all sorts of things I wouldn’t otherwise have tried but have come to find enormously satisfying and enriching, as a result of his encouragement.
These days it seems classical musicians each have to make their own way, and as such you’re not just struggling to navigate, you’re having to carve out any kind of path at all. I think this is why individual mentoring is so valuable and necessary today, and so I’m extremely grateful to the Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme and to Rolf for all the support they’ve given me.
Richard Uttley - Biography
Rolf Hind - Biography
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