Since winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014, Martin James Bartlett has developed an impressive international career, performing in China, Japan and Spain as well as appearing with many of the UK’s leading orchestras. His Tetbury programme includes pieces from his debut recording Life and Death, recently released by Warner Classics, which received five star reviews in the BBC Music Magazine and The Times, which described it as “a thrillingly accomplished album”.
Bach (arr. Busoni) Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ
Bach (arr. Hess) Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Mozart Piano Sonata No.12 in F major K.332
Liszt Petrarch Sonnet 104 (Années de pèlerinage)
Julian Anderson She Hears (Sensations)
Scriabin Piano Sonata No.4 in F sharp major Op.30
Schumann (arr. Liszt) Widmung
Granados El Amor y la Muerte (Goyescas)
Wagner (arr. Liszt) Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Rachmaninoff (arr. Wild) Vocalise, Op.34 No.14
Rachmaninoff Polka de W.R.
Gershwin (arr.Wild) Embraceable You
Gershwin (arr.Wild) Fascinatin’ Rhythm
As part of the Chinese State visit in 2015, Bartlett performed a private concert for the First Lady of China, Peng Liyuan, and other dignitaries. In June 2016 he performed at Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday thanksgiving service, which was broadcast live on BBC One from St. Paul’s Cathedral.
At the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, Bartlett’s 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. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2015 performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He also performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms “Last Night” celebrations which was broadcast live from Belfast on BBC Four and BBC Radio Ulster.
Following Bartlett’s success in the BBC Young Musician Competition, he received support from the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). In the same year, he began his undergraduate studies with Professor Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music, where he is a Foundation Scholar.
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