Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37, II
Brahms: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83, I [live]
Liszt: B Minor Sonata
Ginastera: Sonata No. 1, Op. 22, I
“Among the pianists laying claim to Liszt as a central figure in their repertoires, Groh's fingers and sense of comprehension set a new modern standard.”
Consistently cited for his “sound imagination” and astonishing power, Markus Groh has confirmed his place among the finest pianists in the world today. Sharing the same birthday with Alfred Brendel, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Maurizio Pollini, he has proven himself worthy of their company.
In the upcoming season, Mr. Groh will appear with the St. Louis Symphony, Tucson Symphony, and the Wichita Symphony, as well as in recital at the Kennedy Center on June 1. He has previously appeared with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Colorado, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Florida, Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Louisville, Milwaukee, National (Washington, DC), New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Rochester, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver, among others. Worldwide engagements include the Bamberg Symphony, Beijing Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hague Residentie Orkest, Helsinki Philharmonic, London Symphony, MDR Orchestra at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mozarteum Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Osaka Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, SWR Orchestra (Stuttgart) and the Warsaw Philharmonic.
Among the conductors with whom Mr. Groh has collaborated are Mei-Ann Chen, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Andreas Delfs, Ivan Fischer, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Hans Graf, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Marek Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Hannu Lintu, Fabio Luisi, Juanjo Mena, Ludovic Morlot, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, David Robertson, Kwamé Ryan and Stefan Sanderling.
A spellbinding recitalist, Markus Groh reveals shapes, textures and colors that one seldom hears in live performance. Critics agree: “Groh is a great pianist.” [Toronto Star]; “…a superb recital…” [New York Times]; “A new star in the pianistic firmament…” [Neue Zürcher Zeitung]. He has appeared in recital at the Friends of Chamber Music Denver, Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City, Vancouver Recital Society, and at The Frick Collection in New York. Chamber music activities include regular tours with the Tokyo String Quartet.
Widely acclaimed for his interpretations of Liszt, an all-Liszt CD (including the Totentanz and B Minor Sonata) was released by AVIE in 2006. Showered with rave reviews, it was also named “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone Magazine. A highly acclaimed all-Brahms CD was released by AVIE in June of 2008. Other recordings include a CD of Debussy, Prokofiev, and Britten cello sonatas with Claudio Bohórquez on Berlin Classics and a CD of Liszt’s Totentanz with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Fabio Luisi on Cascavelle.
A frequent guest at international festivals such as Grant Park, Folle Journée, Ruhr, Ludwigsburg, Bad Kissingen, and Schubertiade (Austria), Mr. Groh is the founder and artistic director of the Bebersee Festival near Berlin. He also appears frequently on radio and television in Europe, the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Japan. A prize-winning documentary featuring Mr. Groh and a replica of Steinway’s first piano (built in 1836) on a recital tour traveling by horse and carriage was broadcast nationwide by ARD in Germany on three separate occasions in 2011.
Markus Groh was born on the 5th of January 1970 in southern Germany. He was a student of Professor Konrad Richter in Stuttgart and Professor Hans Leygraf in Berlin and Salzburg. He gained immediate world attention after winning the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels in 1995, the first German to do so. Other awards include First Prize at the 1990 Artur Schnabel Competition in Berlin.
Mr. Groh divides his time between Berlin and New York.