The German pianist, Martin Stadtfeld, made his concert debut at the age of only nine. He was 13 when he began to study with Lev Natochenny at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt. The list of his competition successes begins with the "Jugend musiziert" Competition organised by the German Federal government. In 1997 he won the Nikolai Rubinstein Piano Competition in Paris and in 2001 caused a sensation as finalist in the Busoni Competition in Bolzano.
In 2002 Martin Stadtfeld was the first Federal 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 14 years. Winning it led to invitations to appear at leading Bach festivals as Bachwoche Ansbach, Bachwoche Stuttgart and Köthener Bach Festtage as well as other important festivals at home and abroad. Concert appearances have taken him to the principal centres of music in Europe, the USA and Japan. He was described by Die Zeit as "exceptionally talented".