UK pianist wins big Swiss francs

UK pianist wins big Swiss francs


norman lebrecht

May 18, 2022

Martin James Bartlett has been chosen as recipient of the inaugural Prix Serdang, designed for artists at the start of their career.

The curator is Rudolf Buchbinder and the prize is worth 50,000 Swiss francs, which is no small cheese.

Martin says: ‘It’s very touching, especially after such difficult times.’


  • Bostin'Symph says:

    Congratulations Martin!

  • Ya what says:

    Overrated and overhyped pianist….give me Benjamin Grosvenor anytime.

    • Mark Mortimer says:

      Ya what- so his Grosvenor incidentally. Martin James B- seen several times- a funny lad- undeniably highly talented- including a very promising Ravel Concerto. But far too much grimacing & self indulgent starry gazes to the heavens which don’t add to the quality of his playing. Andras Schiff picked him up on this in a masterclass on You tube. So maybe the Francs will pay for a few more lessons with the sober Sir A.

    • Volvo says:

      Hi Ben!

      Goodness me, the jealousy of musicians knows no bounds.

      Bartlett is still young and establishing, but undeniably exceptionally talented. I’ll keep a very close eye on where he goes and how he develops.

      Good choice from Buchbinder!

  • Nick says:

    Talented? Yes! But…..he is about Himself, not about Music (at least when he plays).