Mark Laverty is an award-winning artist who has delighted audiences in
the United States and Europe. He was born in St. Louis, and
began playing the piano at the age of five. He has studied
with Jane Allen at the St. Louis Conservatory, Veronica Jochum at the
New England Conservatory, and in 1989 earned the Bachelor of Music
Education Degree (Magna Cum Laude) at the University of Missouri-St.
In 1993, Laverty completed his Master’s
Degree in Piano and Chamber Music at Southern Illinois
University-Edwardsville, where he was a student of legendary concert
pianist Ruth Slenczynska. A competition winner at SIU-E, he
performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Also
in 1993, he was chosen by the University of Miami (Florida) to attend
their Music Institute in Salzburg, Austria. This included
studies in piano and vocal accompaniment, as well as recital
performances in Salzburg.
In 1995, Laverty won the Belleville Philharmonic
Orchestra Concerto Competition, and performed Tchaikovsky’s
Piano Concerto No. 1. Other concerto performances
include Mozart's Concerto No. 19 in F Major with
the University of Missouri - St. Louis Orchestra, and Liszt's
Hungarian Fantasy with the St. Louis Community College
Orchestra at Florissant Valley.
Performances since then have included concerts in
St. Louis, a recital with Soprano Karen Fergurson, winner of the
Metropolitan Opera Auditions in New York City, and recitals with
violinist Manuel Ramos and other members of the Saint Louis Symphony
Orchestra. In the summer of 2001 Dr. Laverty made his debut
in the United Kingdom with all-Bach concerts in London and Cardiff,
In 2002, he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts
Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Missouri - Kansas City
where he was a student of John McIntyre. In 2000, he was a
finalist in the UM-KC Concerto Competition. In the summer of
2003, he returned to Europe for recitals in the UK, Salzburg, Austria,
and Germany. In 2004, Dr. Laverty won First Place in the
Robert M. Spire Piano Competition held at the University of Nebraska -
Omaha. Performances for the 2004-05 season included recitals
in St. Louis, London, Cardiff, New York, Wisconsin, and performances of
Brahms' Concerto No. 1 with the Belleville
Philharmonic, and Rachmaninoffs’ Concerto No. 2
with the Clayton and Alton Symphony Orchestras.
Dr. Laverty performed at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and served on
the piano faculty of Washington University in St. Louis. Concerts in 2006-07 included recitals in St.
Louis and St. Charles, Missouri, and San Francisco, and concertos by Chopin,
Tchaikovsky and Brahms with the Alton, Illinois, University City, Missouri, and
Town and Country Symphony Orchestras.
His debut CD, Music of Bach, recorded at Tanglewood, was released
in 2007, and is available at CDBaby.com, and at www.MarkLaverty.com. In 2007-08, he performed in Chicago, St.
Louis, San Diego, Wausau, and St. Charles, Missouri. Also in 2008, Dr. Laverty was selected by the Missouri Arts
Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance to be on their Artist Rosters.
2009-10 season, recitals are planned for Georgia, Massachusetts, Texas,
All-Chopin recital at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis celebrating
composers’ Bicentennial: 1810-2010. Dr.
Laverty is also Music Director of Zion Lutheran Church in Maryland
Missouri, and resides in Chesterfield, a suburb of St. Louis, where he
is owner and piano teacher at the Chesterfield Piano Studio.
information, in the U.S. call 636-532-3931.