Martin James Bartlett

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Martin James Bartlett
Born (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 20)
Origin Hornchurch, Essex
Genres Classical
Instruments Piano
Years active 2012–present

Martin James Bartlett is an English classical pianist who has twice reached the keyboard finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year contest,[1][2] winning the competition in 2014.[3]

Bartlett began his musical studies at age six, first with the piano and then two years later with bassoon and recorder.[1] He appeared on the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2012, at the age of 15, as a finalist in the keyboard category.[1] At that time, he was studying for the GCE Advanced Level in music and physics. In 2014, he was again selected as a finalist in that category.[2]

In October 2014 Bartlett was one of the musicians to record the God Only Knows charity single for BBC Children in Need, in collaboration with Nicola Benedetti, Stevie Wonder, Sam Smith, One Direction, Elton John, Emile Sandé and others. The recording was broadcast on all BBC TV channels, received over 11 million hits on YouTube and also launched BBC Music.[4]

In 2015 Bartlett was one of the youngest-ever soloists to debut at the BBC Proms, performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, with reviews in The Telegraph[5] and The Times praising his musical insight and maturity.[6]

More recently Bartlett attended the 'Progress 1000' party hosted by the London's Evening Standard celebrating London's most influential people. He was nominated as one of Londons most influential musicians.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Martin Bartlett". BBC 4. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Martin James Bartlett". BBC. Retrieved 9 Aug 2015. 
  3. ^ "Pianist Martin James Bartlett wins BBC Young Musician". BBC. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Martin James Bartlett Charity". BBC. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Martin James Bartlett Review". Telegraph. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Martin James Bartlett". BBC News. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Martin James Bartlett News". EveningStandard. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 

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