Martin plays Chopin at BBC Young Musician Piano Finals.
Martin James Bartlett (born 1996) started learning the piano from the age of six. He first studied with his mother, and at the age of seven auditioned for the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He received places at both, but chose to study at the Royal College. He started with his current teacher Emily Jeffrey at the age of seven. In April 2010 Martin started studies at the Purcell School Of Music. At the age of twelve Martin had achieved Grade 8 Distinction in three instruments, piano, bassoon and recorder. Martin became principal bassoonist in The National Childrens Orchestra GB for five years. He then became principal bassoonist in the Barbican Young Orchestra for two years under the baton of Sir Colin Davis. After this, he decided to concentrate work on the piano, and received masterclasses with Lang Lang, Stephen Kovacevich and Kathryn Stott. In the RCM magazine, Martin Bartlett was described as “one of the greatest up and coming young piano talents in the music world”. So far he has competed and won or reached the finals in many competitions such as BBC Young Musician of the Year, Jaques Samuels Intercollegiate Piano Competition and many RCM competitions. He has also raised over a thousand pounds in charity concerts and hopes to continue this. He has perfomed in venues such as, Wigmore hall, Steinway Hall, Fazioli Concert Hall, St John Smith Square and The Dora Stoutzker Hall in Cardiff. He has many plans for the future including Charity Concerts, chamber music, concertos and many solo recitals.