The German pianist Martin Stadtfeld made his concert debut at the age of nine, and was thirteen when he began to study at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt with Lev Natochenny, himself a pupil of the legendary Lev Oborin. The list of his competition successes culminated in 2002, when he was the first German pianist to win the International Bach Competition in Leipzig. This is a competition that can look back on a long and venerable tradition, but no first prize had been awarded for fourteen years, so the accolade unequivocally gifted the young artiste access to the world's major concert stages. "Though Bach constitutes the cornerstones of his music-making, his repertoire is actually far more extensive. This young German is capable of a great deal more" ("Die Zeit"). The spectrum of works interpreted by Martin Stadtfeld ranges from Bach through Viennese classicism to the compositions of the romantic era (Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, Brahms) and the great romantic/expressionist piano concerti like Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.