The collection at the Academy includes personal photographs, some press cuttings and letters relating to this eminent piano duo.
Ethel Bartlett (1896-1978) and Rae Robertson (1893-1956) were a very successful piano duo. They were both students at the Royal Academy of Music and enjoyed an extensive international career, in particular in the USA. They commissioned and recorded many of new works for piano duo from composers including Bohuslav Martinu and Benjamin Britten. Bartlett, a student of Tobias Matthay and Artur Schnabel, also partnered John Barbirolli in his early career.