German pianist Martin Stadtfeld appeared in concert at age nine, and at 13 he was enrolled in the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, where he studied with Lev Natochenny. He won the Nikolai Rubinstein Piano Competition in Paris in 1997, and later was a finalist in the Busoni Competition in Bolzano. Stadtfeld completed his Abitur certificate in 2000 at the Landesmusikgymnasium Rhineland-Palatinate. In 2002, he won first prize at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig. This led to invitations to perform at several Bach festivals, and launched his international career with performances in Europe, the United States, and Japan. Since 2003, Stadtfeld has recorded for Sony Classical.