Born in Moscow in 1951, Michail Markov began studying piano at the age of 7. Tree years later, he performed his first solo concert in his hometown with an orchestra in the Concert Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. The pianist continued his musical education with Professor Victor Merzhanov at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory. At the same time, he studied with Alexej Liubimov in his chamber ensembles class.
In 1975 M. Markov graduated with honors at the Conservatory. These honors included mentions for concert and chamber piano, accompaniment, as well as for professorship. In the following years, Michail Markov successfully performed in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Along with his career as a soloist, he taught music in various institutions and music schools. In the years just before leaving Russia, he was a piano teacher and deputy-director at the famous Gnessin special music school for gifted children in Moscow.
Since 1991, the musician has been living in The Netherlands where he has continued his successful mix of pedagogy and musical performances. His students have often been awarded prizes in national and international piano competitions. The artist himself has given many recitals and chamber music concerts in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Russia.
M. Markov has made CD-records in France and Germany with works of D.Schostakovitch, J. Galperine and R. Shchedrin. In 2008 he completed CD-recording with ‘Variations’ by J. Brahms, J. Haydn, C. Czerny, S. Rachmaninov and A. Schnittke.
Since mid-nineties he has been working as a professor at the piano department of the Conservatory in Enschede, the Netherlands. He is also the co-founder of the special Young Talents department of this Conservatory. Nowadays he continues to work as professor at the piano department of the ArtEZ Conservatory in Enschede, the Netherlands.
M. Markov has been invited to give Master Classes at many International Music Festivals and Summer Schools in the Netherlands, USA, Mexico, Austria, Greece, Poland, Italy and Ukraine. He has also been invited as a jury member in different national and international piano competitions in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Serbia, Poland, Indonesia and others.
M. Markov is the founder and president of the Foundation “Russian Music Tradition in the Netherlands” and also the founder and the artistic leader of the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede, the Netherlands.