Martin James Bartlett makes Japanese debut with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Martin James Bartlett makes his Japanese debut this month when he joins the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in concert on 25 March 2018. Performing under the baton of Josep Pons, Bartlett is the soloist for Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3.
While in Japan, Bartlett also gives a solo recital at the Musashino Cultural Foundation on 27 March. The programme features another Prokofiev work, the 'Stalingrad' Sonata, alongside works by Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninov.
Martin James Bartlett gives recitals in Loughborough, Milverton & Darlington
Martin James Bartlett performs in recital across the UK this month, starting with a performance in Loughborough on 17 February 2018. Bartlett follows this with a recital in Milverton on 23 February and Darlington on 25 February.
Bartlett's programme includes a selection of Scarlatti keyboard sonatas, Beethoven Piano Sonata No.30, a selection of Rachmaninov Preludes, Liszt Petrarch’s Sonnet 104 and Scriabin Piano Sonata No.4.
Bartlett performed two Scarlatti Piano Sonatas during the quarter final round at the Van Cliburn competition in 2017. Click here to view his performance.
Intermusica at the Southbank Centre's 2018/19 classical season
The Southbank Centre launched its 2018/19 classical season on 30 January 2018, with Intermusica artists and performing throughout the year. Highlights include Marin Alsop continuing her relationship with the Southbank in concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra continuing their residency, and performances from Leonidas Kavakos, John Wilson, Kian Soltani and George Li.
Another major highlight of the season is the International Chamber Music Series, which Intermusica co-promotes with the Southbank Centre. This year it opens with a concert from Jordi Savall and his Hesperion XXI and features a concert marking the centenary of author Muriel Spark from the Nash Ensemble, and performances from Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang, the Jerusalem, Artemis and Belcea quartets, and performances of Stockhausen by Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra continue as Associate Orchestra with three concerts in the new season. The first, on 16 September 2018, pairs a memorized performance of Beethoven Symphony No.5 with HK Gruber's Frankenstein!! in a concert conceived and directed by Jane Mitchell. Their second, on 20 January 2019, is titled Songs from the Road and features Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer, arrangements of folk ballads and the world premiere of Du Yun Where we lost our shadows. Their final concert takes place on 5 June 2019 and features works by Beethoven, Thomas Adès, a Max Richter world premiere and Mozart's Symphony No.41.
Kirill Gerstein renews his partnership with Thomas Adès when he joins the composer and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 26 September to perform Adès' concerto for piano and orchestra, In Seven Days.
Geoffrey Paterson returns to the London Sinfonietta on 13 October to conduct them in a performance of Pascal Dusapin Passion, a collaboration with Music Theatre Wales.
Patricia Bardon returns to the role of Baba the Turk in a performance of Stravinsky The Rake's Progress with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 3 November.
Lahav Shani and Francesco Piemontesi join forces for a concert of Brahms and Beethoven with the Philharmonia Orchestra on 4 November. Shani conducts Weber Oberon Overture, Brahms Symphony No.1 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor', with himself as piano soloist.
Marin Alsop makes her first visit of the season on 11 November, conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a performance of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem. She then returns on 16 January to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a contemporary programme with Colin Currie giving the world premiere of Helen Grime's Percussion Concerto.
John Wilson returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra on 15 November for a concert of Gershwin and Walton. He is joined by Louis Schwizgebel, who performs Gershwin Piano Concerto. Wilson then brings his John Wilson Orchestra to the Southbank Centre on 15 December, leading them in a characteristic programme of music from Hollywood and Broadway. He returns on 18 April to lead the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a special performance of Gilbert & Sullivan Trial by Jury.
Mary Bevan joins the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Brian Wright for a seasonal performance of Handel's Messiah on 16 December.
Leonidas Kavakos appears at the Southbank Centre's International Chamber Music Series on 18 January alongside Yuja Wang, performing a recital of Mozart, Prokofiev, Bartók and Strauss.
Martyn Brabbins joins the Philharmonia Orchestra on 20 January 2019 to conduct an English programme of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten and the London premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's Prometheus, a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra.
Jacques Imbrailo joins the Mozartists and conductor Ian Page on 29 January for the next concert in their Mozart 250 series, which is themed around the year 1769. Imbrailo sings arias by Gluck, Haydn, Arne, Gréty and Paisiello.
Susan Bickley returns to the Southbank Centre to sing Beethoven Symphony No.9 alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Oliver Gooch on 16 March.
Kian Soltani returns on 23 March after his acclaimed debut at Southbank Centre with the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. This time he joins Edward Gardner and the London Philharmonic Orchestra to play Elgar Cello Concerto.
George Li joins Vasily Petrenko and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 27 March to perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, part of a programme that also features Khachaturian Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia and Walton Symphony No.1.
Following a critically acclaimed London conducting debut with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2017, Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to lead the young musicians in a concert on 12 April. Prieto conducts an exciting programme of Revueltas, Carlos Chávez and Copland.
Francesco Piemontesi returns to the International Piano Series on 2 May, performing a solo recital of works by Bach, Debussy and Rachmaninov.
Martin James Bartlett joins the Philharmonia Orchestra on 7 May to perform Ravel Piano Concerto in G, part of a programme that also features the world premiere of Cecilia McDowall Da Vinci Requiem.
Martin James Bartlett performs Rachmaninov at St David’s Hall with the Cardiff Philharmonic
Martin James Bartlett makes his debut at St David’s Hall on 20 October 2017, performing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with the Cardiff Philharmonic.
Elsewhere this month, he appears in recital at the Outwood Academy Foxhills in Scunthorpe on 13 October. He performs a programme of works by Bach, Liszt, Scriabin, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. He also joins the Epiphoni Consort in London on 28 October for a consort commemorating the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution in Russia.
Of a performance at the Van Cliburn Competition earlier this year, TheatreJones wrote “[Bartlett] is so at ease that he could be in his own living room with no one listening”.
Programme and performers announced for Intermusica Charity Concert!
There’s now less than a week to go before Intermusica’s Charity Concert in aid of Pelican Cancer Foundation, and we’re delighted to announce our full programme and performers.
From the Renaissance strains of Monteverdi to the luscious sonorities of Elgar, this programme will showcase the unique talents of the Intermusica staff team, along with guest appearances from our esteemed artists.
Highlights include a piece composed by Intermusica’s Head of International Touring, Peter Ansell, as well as a performance of the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ unforgettable Farewell to Stromness by Intermusica Managing Director, Stephen Lumsden. The evening will culminate in Brahms’ stunning Geistliches Lied, originally written for choir and organ, and heard here in a special arrangement for string orchestra and choir by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Tuesday 26 September 2017
7 – 8.15pm, followed by post-concert drinks
St James’ Church, Islington
Stanford Beati Quorum Via
Crystal Wharf Singers* (Intermusica choir)
de Visée & Monteverdi Selected songs
Julian Gregory (The King's Singers**), tenor / Peter Martin*, theorbo
Maxwell Davies Farewell to Stromness
Stephen Lumsden*, piano
Elgar Chanson de Matin, Op.15 (arr. Shaw)
Rachel Walters*, piano / Katherine Walters, piano
Piano Duet – TBA
Martin James Bartlett**, piano / Roger Vignoles**, piano
Peter Ansell* Summer Night
Susanna Hurrell**, soprano / Roger Vignoles**, piano
Elgar Serenade for Strings, Op.20
Crystal Wharf Sinfonietta * (Intermusica string orchestra)
Brahms Geistliches Lied, Op.30 (arr. John Eliot Gardiner**)
Crystal Wharf Singers / Crystal Wharf Sinfonietta
* Intermusica staff / ** Intermusica artists
We are thrilled to be joined by a number of representatives from Pelican Cancer Foundation, including CEO Sarah Crane and Head of Community Fundraising, Tim Lockwood, who will tell us more about Pelican and the positive impact of fundraising initiatives such as these.
This concert has been reported in the Islington Gazette and Classical Music magazine, and has received support from the Association of British Orchestras.
Tickets can be purchased online here for a suggested donation of £10 or minimum donation of £5, or on the door (cash only). For those who cannot attend but would still like to make a donation, please visit Pelican's website here and type 'Intermusica' in the text box within the form; this will ensure that your donation is credited to our campaign.
We very much hope you will support Intermusica and Pelican by coming along on the 26th – we look forward to seeing you for a drink afterwards!
Martin James Bartlett progresses to Quarterfinals at Van Cliburn competition
It was announced on Sunday 28 May that Martin James Bartlett had progressed to the Quarterfinals stage of the Van Cliburn competition, one of 20 pianists advancing to this round, and the only British participant.
Bartlett performed his quarterfinal recital yesterday at 16:25 local time, with the following programme:
Domenico Scarlatti - Piano Sonata in E Major, K.380/L.23
Domenico Scarlatti - Piano Sonata in B Minor, K.27
Enrique Granados - Goyescas, Op.11
'El amor y la muerte'
Robert Schumann / Franz Liszt - Widmung
Sergei Prokofiev - Piano Sonata No.7 in B-flat Major, Op.83
1. Allegro inquieto (in B-flat major)
2. Andante caloroso (in E major)
3. Precipitato (in B-flat major)
You can watch the web broadcast from the competition on Medici TV.
The Quarterfinals continue on 30 May, and 12 competitors will advance to the Semifinals on 1-5 June.
Martin James Bartlett joins Intermusica for worldwide management
Intermusica is thrilled to welcome pianist Martin James Bartlett for worldwide representation.
Bartlett won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014 when he performed Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Kirill Karabits and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
He subsequently began his undergraduate studies with Professor Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music, where he is a Foundation Scholar. In 2015 he made his BBC Proms debut performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eric Whitacre. In 2016 Bartlett performed for HM The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and other senior members of the Royal Family at the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s 90th birthday in St Paul’s Cathedral. Following his success in the BBC Young Musician Competition, Bartlett received support from the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).
It was announced in March that Bartlett had qualified for the final rounds of the Van Cliburn Competition, the only British artist to be participating, and will shortly be travelling to Texas for the competition.
“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"
Watch Martin James Bartlett perform the first movement of Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3: