GROH DEBUTS IN SECHELT - The Coast Reporter November 2, 2007

German pianist Markus Groh, acclaimed as “a new star in the pianistic firmament,” is making his Coast Recital Society debut at the Raven’s Cry Theatre, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, November 4th.

“Groh is ranked among today’s finest young pianists,” says CRS Artistic Director Frances Heinsheimer Wainwright. “We promise he’ll deliver elegance, power and dazzling technique.”

Groh is considered a specialist in the piano music of Franz Liszt. His Sechelt program includes Liszt’s Piano Sonata in b minor as well as two works by Johannes Brahms: the Sonata No. 1 in C Major and Four Pieces for Piano, Opus 119. The pianist will discuss his choice of repertoire prior to his Nov. 4th concert, in a pre-concert chat at 1:30 p.m. at the Raven’s Cry Theatre.

Born in southern Germany, in 1970, Groh studied in Stuttgart, Berlin and Salzburg, then gained immediate world attention when he won 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. With homes in Berlin and New York, he performs worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist.. He’s founder and artistic director of the Bebersee Festival near Berlin.

Groh’s recording of an all-Lizst CD, released in 2006, garnered rave reviews and was named "Editor's Choice" in July's issue of Gramophone Magazine. “If you have the chance to hear Markus Groh play anywhere near you, I should grab it,” said the critic from Classic FM Magazine.

“This is five-star Liszt playing, which means having a transcendental technique, power in reserve, an instinctive grasp of structure and the ability to take risks.”

Tickets are still available for Groh’s CRS concert. Call Mary Lea Bell - 886-8330.