Markus Groh, piano
German born pianist Markus Groh has established himself as one of the most versatile pianists of his generation after having won the 1st prize in the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition Brussels in Belgium 1995. His worldwide concert activities include performances with the London Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Washington D.C., the San Francisco Symphony, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic as well as performances with the most top German radio and philharmonic orchestras under such distinguished conductors as Ivan Fischer, Neeme Jaervi, Hannu Lintu, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott or David Robertson. Markus Groh performs solo recitals all over the world in some of the most important venues of cities like Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Munich, New York, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Vienna, Washington D.C. and Zurich.
His first SACD Solo recording featured the b minor Sonata, the Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H and the “Totentanz” of Franz Liszt and received outstanding reviews in major newspapers and music magazines including critic’s awards like “Editor’s Choice” (Gramophone Magazine, U.K.),”Recording of the Month” (Musicweb International, USA), “Supersonic Award” (Pizzicato, Luxemburg), “6 of 6 points” (Piano News, Germany). A second all-Brahms SACD was showered with rave reviews as well and received awards like the „Star of the Month“ of the most important German Music Magazine FONOFORUM.
Markus Groh lives in Berlin and held a position as professor at the University for Music, Drama and Media in Hanover, Germany. Some of his students have won top prizes in major international competitions and have recently made recordings on major labels like Naxos (Dongkyu Kim) and SONY CLASSICAL (Alexander Krichel). In April 2014 Markus Groh started teaching as professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin succeeding Prof. Klaus Hellwig.