Martin James Bartlett won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014. His performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with conductor Kirill Karabits and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, received overwhelming acclaim from Edinburgh’s Usher Hall audience and from those tuning into the live recording broadcast on BBC4 and BBC Radio 3.
In the same year, Bartlett began his undergraduate studies with Professor Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music, where he is a Foundation Scholar supported by Terry Hitchcock. He also performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms “Last Night” celebrations, which were broadcast live from Belfast on BBC Four and BBC Radio Ulster. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2015 performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eric Whitacre.
In 2016, as part of the Chinese State visit to the UK, Bartlett performed a private concert for the First Lady of China, Peng Liyuan, and other dignitaries. He also recently performed at Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday thanksgiving service, which was broadcast live on BBC One from St. Paul's Cathedral.
In March 2017 Bartlett was announced as one of the thirty competitors at the Van Cliburn Competition.
Martin James Bartlett has performed with orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Bartlett has performed in recital and with orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Rooms, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Cheltenham Town Hall. He has also performed internationally in France, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Russia and the USA. He has participated in masterclasses with Sir András Schiff, Lang Lang, Stephen Kovacevich, Kathryn Stott, Peter Donohoe and Ferenc Rados.
Bartlett was awarded the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Schoralship in 2017. Following his success in the BBC Young Musician competition, he received support from the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). He was the recipient of numerous other prizes and awardsduring his time at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and Purcell School.
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19
Rhapsody in Blue
Piano Concerto No.7 in F, K 242
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K.466
Piano Concerto No.23 in A major K. 488
Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor K.491
Piano Concerto No.3, Op.26
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43
Piano Concerto No.2, Op.18
Piano Concerto No.1, Op.23
Martin James Bartlett is not only a prodigy of the piano but an accomplished artist who counts among the greats of his generation.
Martin James Bartlett brought maximum feeling to the music and played with astonishing delicacy and punch.
The wit and colour in pianist Martin James Bartlett’s playing was thrilling.