Pianist Martin James Bartlett is Winner of BBC Young Musician 2014

19 May 2014
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&nbsp;17-year-old Martin James Bartlett, from Essex, has been named the Winner of BBC Young Musician 2014.&nbsp;The Final took place yesterday, Sunday 18 May,&nbsp;at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. Bartlett played Rachmaninov&#39;s<em> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini</em>.&nbsp; ...
17-year-old Martin James Bartlett, from Essex, has been named the Winner of BBC Young Musician 2014. 
The Final of BBC Young Musician 2014 took place Sunday 18 May at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. It was broadcast at 7pm on BBC Four, presented by Clemency Burton-Hill, with Alison Balsom, Miloš Karadaglic, and special guest Nicola Benedetti (2014 Ambassador and winner of BBC Young Musician in 2004). It was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 7:30pm, presented by Jamie MacDougall and including commentary from Nicholas Daniel (winner of BBC Young Musician in 1980).
The 2014 BBC Young Musician Finalists were: pianist Martin James Bartlett (17), percussionist Elliott Gaston-Ross (15) and recorder-player Sophie Westbrooke (15).

The three finalists performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits in front of a live audience and were judged by a panel of world-renowned musicians - composer James MacMillan, conductor Alice Farnham, pianist Alice Sara Ott, percussionist Colin Currie and recorder-player Michala Petri.
Martin James Bartlett performed Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
17-year-old Martin began learning the piano at the age of six. Since the age of eight he has studied at the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Emily Jeffrey, with whom he has also been learning at the Purcell School after becoming a student there in 2010. Martin also studies the bassoon and the recorder and by the age of 12 had achieved Grade 8 Distinction on all three instruments. Martin is currently studying for A levels in Music and Physics and has been awarded full scholarships to three London conservatoires. He regularly performs solo recitals and is passionate about researching piano music repertoire and listening to different interpretations of works. Please see the Notes to Editors for a full biography.
BBC Young Musician is the UK’s leading contest for young classical musicians and since its first outing in 1978 has established an enviable reputation for finding outstanding new talent. 15 year-old cellist Laura van der Heijden was awarded the title BBC Young Musician 2012 to take her place alongside a star-studded list of former winners and finalists that includes Thomas Adès, Alison Balsom, Thomas Carroll, Natalie Clein, Michael Collins, Nicholas Daniel, Benjamin Grosvenor, Stephen Hough, Emma Johnson, Guy Johnston, Freddy Kempf, Leon McCawley, Lucy Parham, Jennifer Pike, Tom Poster, David Pyatt and Paul Watkins.
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