Born in Berkshire, Michael Butten studied at Junior Academy, where he twice won the Lower Strings Prize, before being awarded a scholarship at the Academy to continue his studies with Michael Lewin. In his first year he won the Julian Bream Prize, adjudicated by Julian Bream. On completing his BMus degree with first class honours, he received from the Royal Academy of Music one of the Regency Awards and in June 2014, as a postgraduate, became the first guitarist to win the RAM Club Prize.
One of Michael’s main interests is British guitar music, and the link between contemporary British guitar music and the music composed for the lute in the renaissance period. He is currently preparing a solo recording devoted to the music of John Dowland whilst at the Royal Academy of Music on the Advanced Diploma course with a scholarship.
Michael is the winner of the Musicians’ Company Ivor Mairants Guitar Award 2016.