- 17 February 2018
- Emmanuel Church, Loughborough
- Event website
About this event
Martin James Bartlett won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014. His 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.
In the same year, Bartlett began his undergraduate studies with Professor Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music, where he is a Foundation Scholar supported by Terry Hitchcock.
He also performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms “Last Night” celebrations, which were broadcast live from Belfast on BBC Four and BBC Radio Ulster. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2015 performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eric Whitacre.
In 2016, as part of the Chinese State visit to the UK, Bartlett performed a private concert for the First Lady of China, Peng Liyuan, and other dignitaries. He also recently performed at Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday thanksgiving service, which was broadcast live on BBC One from St. Paul's Cathedral.
In March 2017 Bartlett was announced as one of the thirty competitors at the Van Cliburn Competition.
Bartlett was awarded the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship in 2017. Following his success in the BBC Young Musician competition, he received support from the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). He was the recipient of numerous other prizes and awards during his time at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and Purcell School.