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 he 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 a soloist and in chamber music recitals.
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.
William completed his Bachelor degree in 2017 at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne under the tutelage of 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 has also had international success as a singer. Winning the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year in 2006 enabled him to perform with world class soloists, orchestras, conductors and celebrities including José Carreras, Alfie Boe, Aled Jones and Ken Dodd. He made his BBC proms début in July 2007 as a soloist in Fauré’s Requiem with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales conducted by Thierry Fischer, and his Welsh Proms début in July 2008 as the Youth in Mendelssohn’s Elijah alongside Bryn Terfel. Film credits include ‘First Boy’ in a production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute’ directed by Kenneth Branagh.
William is currently studying conducting at the Italian Conducting Academy under the guidance of Gilberto Serembe.