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Born1995
CountryEstonia
Homepagewww.marcelkits.com
Intensive weeks

Academic year 2019/2020

Cello
03. May - 07. May 2020

Academic year 2018/2019

Cello
07. May - 11. May 2019

Scholar

Marcel Johannes Kits

Marcel Johannes Kits was born in 1995 in Estonia. He showed great interest in the cello when he was just four years old, and began his first lessons at the age of five. He studied with Laine Leichter in Tallinn Music High School from 2002 and with Mart Laas from 2011 in the same school. From 2014, he studied with prof. Francis Gouton at Trossingen University of Music (Germany) and from 2018 he is continuing his studies at the Berlin University of the Arts with prof. Jens Peter Maintz. 

He has participated in masterclasses of Steven Isserlis, prof. Ivan Monighetti, prof. László Fenyö, prof. Maria Kliegel, prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, prof. Wen-Sinn Yang, prof. Jan-Erik Gustafsson, prof. Marko Ylönen, prof. David Geringas and many others. In 2010-2014 he was given a full scholarship in the three-week Astona International Summer Academy in Switzerland. He receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participates regularly in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy. 

Marcel won the 1st prize at the “International Johannes Brahms Competition” in Austria in 2016 and at the “George Enescu International Competition” in Romania in 2018. He has also won the 1st prizes at the major competitions in Estonia (TV competition “Classical Stars” in 2013 and “National String Competition” in 2015). In 2019 he was the semifinalist at the “ARD International Cello Competition”. 

Marcel performed with many orchesters, among others with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra, the Jyväskylä Sinfonia, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in the grand hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia. 

He played chamber music in the great hall of Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Berliner Philharmonie. He has also performed in China and Japan and at venues such as Konzerthaus Berlin, Boulez Saal, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Prinzregententheater München, Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, Tel Aviv Opera House and Jerusalem Theatre. 

As a soloist, Marcel has performed with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Kymi Sinfonietta, the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, the Pärnu City Orchestra, the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israel Symphony Orchestra, among others. Marcel performed at the gala concert of Estonia’s 97th Independence Day with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Risto Joost. 

In 2015 he recorded the CD “Songs of Childhood” by Arvo Pärt and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 he recorded CD-s for Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Pierre Boulez Saal and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. 

He is supported by Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Association of Estonian Professional Musicians, which awarded him the “Musician of the year” prize in 2019. 

Marcel plays an Italian cello made by Francesco Ruggeri (Cremona, 1674) and a bow made by Victor Fetique, both kindly on loan to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Information
Born1995
CountryEstonia
Homepagewww.marcelkits.com
Intensive weeks

Academic year 2019/2020

Cello
03. May - 07. May 2020

Academic year 2018/2019

Cello
07. May - 11. May 2019