Born in Helsinki, in 1992, Markus Kaitila started playing the piano at the age of six. He studied at the Junior Academy of Sibelius Academy with Dr. Hui-Ying
Liu-Tawaststjerna from 2006 to 2012 and at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, with Prof. Till Engel from 2012 to 2013. He continues his pianistic training at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York, under the guidance of Prof. Nina Lelchuk. He has taken part in masterclasses i.a. with Thomas Adès, Paul Badura-Skoda, Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Alan Gilbert, Bernd Goetzke, Angela Hewitt, Leslie Howard, Ivari Ilja, Jerome Lowenthal, Siegfried Mauser, Robert McDonald, Olli Mustonen, Jerome Rose and Boris Slutsky.
Markus Kaitila has performed as a soloist with the Joutseno Art Summer chamber orchestra, Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra, Festival Orchestra at St. Peter’s and the Queens College Chamber Orchestra, under conductors, such as Tong Chen and Charles Neidich. In June 2013 he won the Köhler-Osbahr piano competition in Duisburg, Germany. He has won First and Second Prizes in national chamber music competitions (Juvenalia, E. Melartin) and remains an active and widely experienced chamber musician “on the line between mere gesture and great feeling” (Barbara Kaiser, General Newspaper of the Lüneburg Heath, 08/2012). “Very much artistic substance. . .a promising young individual. . .an uncompromising performer” (Ingo Hoddick, Rheinische Post, 05/2013). “Full of spirits. . .exceptional pianist. . .a uniquely original hand: awareness of form and crystalline clarity. . .Romantic salon culture at the highest level” (Konstanze
Führlbeck, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, 10.11.2013).
Besides giving concerts throughout Finland, Markus has appeared extensively in Europe and the US. Events and venues include Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Austria (2010); Musica Mundi Festival 2008, Belgium; Yamaha Artists Services Europe, Paris (2012); Theater Duisburg and Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Klavier-Festival Ruhr 2013, Germany; Embassy of Finland, Budapest (2008); Palazzo Ricci, ontepulciano, Italy (2013); Muziekcentrum Enschede, the Netherlands (2010); Helsingborg pianofestival, Sweden (2009); RNCM, Manchester, the UK (2010); as well as Mannes Concert Hall, LeFrak Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall, New York, the US (2012-14). Mr. Kaitila has kindly been awarded grants and stipends by “Vantaan Perinnejazz ry,” Finnish Cultural Foundation, the endowment funds and bequeathed assets of Sibelius Academy, B. Schacher-Myers and Martha Feldman Scholarship Funds. Markus received the Stephen Schaible and Daron Builta Scholarship to attend Music Academy of the West’s solo piano fellowship program in Santa Barbara, California, in summer 2015.
Photo: Erick Hercules (2014)