Bartholomew has been identified as "the most exciting young classical talent in Britain" after winning The Arts Club's and Decca Records' inaugural Classical Music Award in June 2013.
Hailed by the Irish Times for being “as free in touching the heartstrings as he was in dashing off dazzling runs”, Bartholomew's highlights with orchestra include performances of Dvorak's Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Walton and Elgar Cello Concertos in the Barbican Hall as well as appearing as soloist with the City of London Sinfonia. He has also performed The Brahms Double Concerto with Daniel Stabrawa and the Poznan Philharmonic in Poland and Elgar's Cello Concerto at the Sibelius International Music Festival in Helsinki. He was the first recipient of the Irish Chamber Orchestra's honorable Ardan Award which led to appearances throughout the British Isles.
Bartholomew engages in a rich variety of musical collaborations and has recently performed, amongst others, with Anthony Marwood, Christian Tetzlaff and Andras Keller. He frequently appears with the award winning Doric String Quartet with whom he recorded Eric Wolfgang Korngold's string sextet for Chandos. He participates regularly in international festivals such as Ravinia and Spannungen and has a special relationship with IMS Prussia Cove, performing both in Cornwall and on their annual tour.
Born in Philadelphia, Bartholomew LaFollette was drawn to the cello at an early age, entering the Yehudi Menuhin school at the age of thirteen. Continuing his studies with Louise Hopkins at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he received a First Honours Masters degree and was a post-graduate Fellow. His career was launched by the prestigious Young Concert Artist's Trust (YCAT) in 2007, after which he made successful debuts across the UK, including numerous performances at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Bridgewater Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. His performances both as soloist in recital and with orchestra are critically lauded for their intensity and commitment.
In 2011 at the age of twenty-six, Bartholomew LaFollette was appointed Principal Cello Teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School. He is especially grateful for the private loan of a Benjamin Banks Jr. cello made in 1785.