“On February 21st, 2010, the members of Trinity and guests from the Spring [Texas] community were witness to the splendor of time tested quality piano literature which, in Dr. Laverty’s hands, was played with great style and feeling....Beginning with the Busoni arranged Toccata and Fugue in D minor and ending with two of Chopin’s Ballades, the entire evening was inspiring and thought provoking…Beyond the technical demands, he brought a passion to the works through his emotional styles…each of us in attendance were blessed by both performer and composer…”
William R. Brusick, D.M. Minister of Music
Trinity Lutheran Church, Klein, Texas
"Dr. Laverty’s performance of the music of J.S. Bach, Mozart and Chopin was of the highest level, which moved his audience to heart-felt applause and a standing ovation. We consider the evening a great success!"
Pastor Paul Becker,
Concordia Lutheran Church
"Thank you so much for your great performance. Everyone who attended was extremely pleased and I think everyone was uplifted and encouraged by your beautiful music. Thank you once again for playing the classics!"Flavia Everman,
Warren County Fine Arts Council
"Many thanks for the fine piano recital which you played for us at the Cathedral. The programming of an all Mozart recital at that time was inspirational and was greatly enjoyed by a most enthusiastic audience. Your excellent playing was reflective of a well-seasoned teacher and performer. And how satisfying it was to hear some of the lesser known Mozart literature. You brought much pride to our Shepley Program of Music and Art in our 27th season."
"Mr. Laverty's performance demonstrated full breadth of emotion.. He skillfully illuminated the expansive harmonic and melodic richness in the Brahms 1st Piano concerto."
"To hear a recital dedicated to Bach's piano works is not so common. So we at Trinity were delighted to have this experience through the talents of Mark Laverty. His passion for sharing the piano works of Bach was very evident, and his skilled playing by memory was a thrill to both hear and watch."
"Dr. Laverty is a dynamic, exciting performer - sure to hold everyone's interest!
He makes a grand piano sing!
Dr. Laverty plays Bach in a fresh, inviting fashion. His performance was exhilarating!"
Al Loesel, Music Director
Immanuel Lutheran Church
St. Charles, MO
"Mark Laverty is an accomplished pianist with a fine repertoire of Bach music.
He brings a great deal of warmth and personality to his performances.
His concert was thoroughly enjoyed in Cambridge."
Rev. Reg Quirk, Chairman
Evangelical Lutheran Church of England
"Mark Laverty is totally devoted to real piano performance. At the grand piano, his emotional investment is clearly evident."
Rev. Jonathan Naumann
Redeemer Lutheran Church
"Our congregation is ever appreciative of the wonderful piano concerts Mark Laverty has so generously given here in recent years in his visits to the United Kingdom. Of his first concert here , with an all Bach programme, comments were made like, "He was wonderful…never heard such music…he made our piano talk."…. Then, as we pleaded him to return, we were treated in this year's (2004) tour in June to another varied programme: of Mozart in the first half and his accompanying a very talented soprano, with popular and Welsh music in the second half. We are hopeful for another visit before not too very long - we'll be here to be delighted by him."
Rev. R. Graham Jenks
St. David Evangelical Lutheran Church
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
"Dr. Mark Laverty is a pianist worth watching as he develops. With several international tours behind him he is learning to speak musically to a wide variety of different audiences and to widen his repertoire. His musical goals are evolving and future results could be fascinating."
Dr. Ruth Slenczynska
New York, New York
"Dr. Laverty's Bach recital at our church was stupendous….elegant playing of the first order."
Shawn P. Portell
Director of Music Ministries/Organist
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
St. Louis, Missouri
"Upon invitation in 2003, Pianist Mark Laverty performed in recital in Salzburg, Austria. His methodically thought out program, which featured compositions by J.S. Bach, included popular works such as the Italian Concerto, G Major French Suite, C Major Prelude and Fugue and he ended the program with a very sensitive interpretation of Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring. Like Bach, Dr. Laverty is of Lutheran background. Combined with his profession of being an organist for the Lutheran Church, Mark has developed a profound affinity for Bach's music that has benefited him in developing a unique style of interpreting the music. His audience gave him appreciative recognition for his presentation."
Prof. Stan Ford
"Mark Laverty's performance was exciting and brought the music of J. S. Bach back to life. His technique is amazing with wonderful phrasing. A memorable afternoon concert."
Cheryl Purcell, Director of Music
Faith United Methodist Church
St. Charles, Missouri
"Mark is an exceptional pianist…and was very well received by our audience… His repertoire was outstanding and he took great care in presenting his work.
We look forward to working with Dr. Laverty again in the near future and highly recommend him for any presenter that he may be collaborating with."
Stacey A. Morse, Executive Director