William Butt was born in London. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Moray Welsh and after winning awards and scholarships such as the Royal Society of Arts, Martin Trust and first prize in the Muriel Taylor competition, he furthered his studies with Antonio Lysy in Montreal. He now enjoys a busy career as soloist, chamber musician and is professor of cello at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.
On the concert platform he has performed extensively throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe and the Far East. In recent seasons he has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Orchestra of St Cecilia and the Ulster Orchestra for BBC Radio 3.
He has performed and broadcast all the major concerti and in 1997 he gave the Irish premiere of the Walton concerto with the NSO, in 2001 the Dvorak concerto with the NSO and 2003 a tour of the Schumann concerto with the NSO. In 2004 he undertook a series at the National Concert Hall with the orchestra of St Cecilia and Barry Douglas in which he played the Dvorak, Elgar, Shostakovich (No 1), Tchaicovsky Rococo variations, and both Haydn concerti in three concerts over a two week period. He has also performed and broadcast the cello concerto by Victor Herbert with the Ulster orchestra.
William Butt’s performances have been broadcast on BBC radio 3, BBC radio Ulster, BBC world service, National television in China, CBC (Canada) and RTÉ radio and television.
His released recording of the three suites for solo cello by Benjamin Britten by Warner Music UK (Warner Classics/Apex) received a five star review in the UK Independant on Sunday. His recently released recording of the Bach suites (Warner) also received exciting reviews in the U.K and the international press.
He plays on a fine cello made by Giovanni Grancino in Milan (1690). Bill likes gardening and is a passionate player of games!