Artist Biography

Gaining increasing popularity with French, German, Italian and English-speaking audiences for his entertaining and informative Concert-Lecture Series “What is so great about Classical Music?”, Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies at the appropriate time. He has finished several performance diplomas including a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance at the world-reknowned ‘Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater’ in Hannover, where he has taught piano since 2007. He has recently become a Faculty member at the Frankfurt Conservatory, and has also been a Professor at Laval University.

As the 3rd ranked Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc. Prizes in other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d’Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition, the Rome Chopin Competition, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and the Chopin Society International Competition in Germany etc.

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, Mr.Toth holds several degrees from the Hannover Hochschule where he studied with Einar Steen-Nokleberg and Gerritt Zitterbart. He also graduated magna cum laude from the Master’s Program at the University of Toronto as a student of the brilliant Marietta Orlov(classmate of Dinu Lipatti), and holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Kaemmerling, Devoyon, Nakamura, Satz, Krpan, Vardi, Rohmann, Nicolet, Norris, Browning, Bilson, Zhou, Salzmann, etc. and was selected to attend the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Masterclass in Positano with John O’Conor.

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Canada, Italy, China and Russia. He has performed in recitals throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and South America, and has been invited for his first Tour of China in 2013.

After the successes of the “Goldberg-das Ballett” project, “Fluechtige Visionen” to the music of S.Prokofiev, and “BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin” in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach “Preludes&Fugues” Project in Linz, all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Joerg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the “4Beethoven 4” project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra, and the “A Propos Bach” Project which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009. Mr.Toth was a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, and more recently the Coppa Pianistico national and international Competitions in Italy 2012. In 2002 he made his debut as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America and has given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Bogota, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, France, Germany, Canada and Asia.

Mr. Toth has also recently begun his Complete Beethoven Cycle in Germany and Canada. He has also recorded Beethoven’s Op.2 Sonatas and a classical variations CD(Haydn,Mozart, Beethoven)on the fortepiano for the Klassik Label as well as a Violin & Piano collaboration with Christoph Seybold on the TUNAP label.