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Martin James Bartlett

Piano
Prix Serdang, 2022

  • Martin James Bartlett possesses a fearless technique and plays with a maturity and elegance far beyond his years. Bartlett is an exclusive recording artist with Warner Classics. In 2019, his debut recital album ‘Love and Death’, exploring these elemental themes, ranging from Bach to Prokofiev, received outstanding reviews in The Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. Most recently Bartlett’s Rachmaninoff and Gershwin concerto album ‘Rhapsody’, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Joshua Weilerstein, has been critically acclaimed by audiences and critics worldwide and received accolades including a Gramophone Editor’s Choice and 5 star review in BBC Music Magazine.

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  • In the 2021/22 season, Bartlett gave a European tour with the LGT Young Soloists, performing Philip Glass’s ‘Tirol’ piano concerto at the Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie culminating in a gala performance for the Prince and Princess of Liechtenstein in London. Bartlett also debuted with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in March 2022 and The Times wrote: “the performance that matters is Bartlett’s splendidly dashing and tender account of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”.


    This season, Bartlett also plays recitals at the Festival International de Piano de La Roque d'Anthéron, International Chopin Piano Festival at Duszniki Zdrój, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Salle Cortot Paris, Dresden Music Festival, Stadtcasino Basel and the Warsaw Philharmonic for the Ludwig Van Beethoven Easter Festival. Furthermore, Bartlett embarked upon an American tour in the Young Concert Artists Series this season, which included debut performances in New York and The Kennedy Centre, Washington DC. 


    His first album was released in 2019 and received 5 stars in The Times: “Bartlett's ability to think long-term, rather than give in to immediate excitement, is probably his most impressive trait. No.2 on his score card may be his unaffected delicacy of touch, colour and tone, brilliantly shown in the three Petrarch sonnet settings from Liszt's Années de pèlerinage... Everything works to illuminate the music."


    Martin James Bartlett’s early public success was as the winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014. This led to engagements with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra and in 2015 Bartlett made his BBC Proms debut performing Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In the following year, he performed at Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday thanksgiving service, which was broadcast live on BBC One from St. Paul's Cathedral.


    In August 2020, Bartlett was announced as the inaugural winner of the Virtu(al)oso Global Piano Competition by Piano Cleveland. In 2018 he was awarded 2nd prize and the Audience Award at the Kissingen Piano Olympiad. In 2021 he was awarded the Queen Mother Rosebowl by HRH Prince Charles and graduated with a first class Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and an Artist’s Diploma from the Royal College of Music, having studied under Professor Vanessa Latarche. Bartlett is the RCM Benjamin Britten Piano Fellow from 2020 until 2022.


    Recent and future highlights include recitals at the Elbphilharmonie, Wiener Konzerthaus and Muziekcentrum De Bijloke Gent and invitations from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


    Martin James Bartlett is managed in North America by Young Concert Artists.

    2021/22 season / 515 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Concerto Repertoire

Bach
Keyboard Concerto No.1 in D minor, BWV.1052


Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19


Britten
Young Apollo, Op.16


Gershwin
Piano Concerto in F major
Rhapsody in Blue


Mozart
Piano Concerto No.7 in F, K.242
Piano Concerto No.9 in E-flat major, K.271 'Jeunehomme'
Piano Concerto No.12 in A major, K.414
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.27 in B-flat major, K.595


Prokofiev
Piano Concerto No.3, Op.26


Rachmaninov 
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43
Piano Concerto No.2, Op.18


Ravel
Piano Concerto in G major, M.83


Shostakovich
Piano Concerto No.2


Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No.1, Op.23

Sample recital programmes

Programme 1:


Scarlatti: Sonata in E Major, K. 380; Sonata in B Minor, K. 27
Rameau: Suite in A Minor, Gavotte and Six Doubles
Haydn: Sonata in A-Flat Major, Hob XVI:46
Debussy: L’isle Joyeuse


Interval


Rachmaninoff/Earl Wild: A Dream; Where Beauty Dwells; Vocalise; Floods of Spring
Rachmaninoff: Polka
Ravel: La Valse


Programme 2:


Edward MacDowell: Woodland Sketches
Margaret Bonds: Troubled Water
Samuel Coleridge Taylor/Julian Joseph: Deep River
Rachmaninoff/Earl Wild: A Dream; Where Beauty Dwells; Vocalise; Floods of Spring


Interval


Amy Woodeforde-Finden/Stephen Hough: Kashmiri Song; Till I Wake
Amy Beach/Martin James Bartlett: Give Me Not Love
Rachmaninoff: Polka
Gershwin: The Man I Love
Gershwin/Wild: Fascinating Rhythm; Embraceable You;
Gershwin: I Got Rhythm
Harold Arlen/Rupert Austin: Somewhere over the rainbow

Martin James Bartlett is not only a prodigy of the piano but an accomplished artist who counts among the greats of his generation.

Nice Matin

Martin James Bartlett brought maximum feeling to the music and played with astonishing delicacy and punch.

Daily Telegraph

The wit and colour in pianist Martin James Bartlett’s playing was thrilling.

Times

Intermusica represents Martin James Bartlett worldwide.

Bridget Emmerson
Deputy Chief Executive / Head of Artist Management
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bemmerson@intermusica.co.uk

Jessica Barra
Artist Manager
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jbarra@intermusica.co.uk

Daniel Cummings
Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9943
dcummings@intermusica.co.uk

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Tim Mead

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Roger Vignoles