William Butt was born in London and started his musical career early as a chorister in St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle. After graduating from the RNCM with Moray Welsh he then continued his studies at McGill University in Montreal with Antonio Lysy. He has since enjoyed a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher.
He has performed and broadcast all the major concerti for RTE Lyric FM (NSO/ RTECO) and for BBC Radio 3 he has performed as soloist with the Ulster Orchestra, as recitalist and has also appeared on the popular programme ‘In Tune’.
In recital he has regularly toured in Europe and China. As well as performing the formidable solo sonatas of Ligeti, Rautavaara and Kodály, he has recorded the suites by Britten and Bach for Warner Classics. Both recordings received outstanding reviews in the UK and international press. With Pianist Lance Coburn he has also recorded the Cello Sonata by Michele Esposito for Champs Hill Records.
William is a member of the Esposito String Quartet. They tour regularly and have worked and recorded with many exciting and prominent contemporary composers.
He is passionate about his teaching and holds the position of Senior Cello Teacher at the RIAM in Dublin. He plays on a fine cello made by Giovanni Grancino in Milan (1690)
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