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Scarlatti: Sonata in E major, K.380
Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor, K.27
Scarlatti: Sonata in G major, K.260
Beethoven: Sonata No.18
Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor
Schumann: Abegg Variations, Op.1
Gershwin: I got rhythm
Gershwin: The man I love
Gershwin: Fascinating rhythm
Prokofiev: Sonata No.3
“One of the greatest young up and coming piano talents in the music world”
Royal College of Music Magazine
In May 2014, at the age of 17, Martin James Bartlett won the BBC Young Musician competition, following a performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits. Martin began his piano studies with Emily Jeffrey at the Royal College of Music Junior Department at the age of 8, continuing at the Purcell School 5 years later. Last autumn, he commenced his undergraduate studies with Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music with a coveted Foundation Scholarship. Martin has previously studied the bassoon and the recorder as well, achieving Grade 8 Distinction on all three instruments by the age of 12.
Martin won numerous prizes during his time at the RCM Junior Department, and for several years running he was a top prize winner in the Jaques Samuel Junior Department Piano Festival. In 2012, Martin was granted a Tsukanov Scholarship, which generously supported his final years of study at the RCMJD. During his time at the Purcell School, Martin won the Freddy Morgan Competition, the Wigmore Competition and the Senior School Concerto Competition. He has also participated in masterclasses with Lang Lang, Stephen Kovacevich, Mikhail Petukhov, Kathryn Stott, Aaron Shorr and Alberto Portugheis.
Martin has organised and performed in numerous charity concerts, to date raising over thirty thousand pounds for a wide range of deserving causes. Martin was one of 27 international artists, including Elton John, Stevie Wonder and, Nicola Benedetti, chosen by the BBC to record a cover of the Beach Boys classic ‘God only Knows‘. The song was released as the BBC Children in Need single.
Recent engagements have included concerto performances with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra (Proms in the Park), and in London at St. John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall. In April 2015, Martin made his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. This summer he opens the Cheltenham Festival with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and makes his Proms debut performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eric Whitacre.
£16 or £6 Students
At the Old Divinity School, St John’s College
Booking online and via the phone closes at 4pm on the day of the concert. A limited number of tickets can be purchased on the door (in cash) from 7.30pm.