Markus Kaitila, piano
Toccata in G Minor, BWV 915
Sonata in C Minor, K. 457
Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 26
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 Hinrich Alpers, Paul Badura-Skoda, Dmitri Bashkirov, Konstantin Bogino, Pi-Hsien Chen, Bernd Goetzke, Angela Hewitt, Leslie Howard, Ivari Ilja, Emanuel Krasovski, Siegfried Mauser, Olli Mustonen, HaeSun Paik, Alain Planès, Jerome Rose, Henri Sigfridsson, Antti Siirala, Niklas Sivelöv and Boris Slutsky.
Markus Kaitila has performed as a soloist with the Joutseno Art Summer chamber orchestra and the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra. 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, he has appeared extensively in Europe and the US. Events and venues include the 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, Montepulciano, Italy (2013); Muziekcentrum Enschede, the Netherlands (2010); Helsingborg pianofestival, Sweden (2009); RNCM, Manchester, the UK (2010); as well as Mannes Concert Hall and LeFrak Concert Hall, New York, the US (2012, -13). Mr. Kaitila has kindly been awarded grants and stipends by "Vantaan Perinnejazz ry", the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the endowment funds and bequeathed assets of Sibelius Academy as well as the B. Schacher-Myers Scholarship Fund.