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February 21, 2016
Markus Kaitila, piano

March 13, 2016
Arin Maisky, organ

April 17, 2016
Children's Opera Program:
Beauty and the Beast
by Vittorio Giannini
Anna Noggle, soprano
Victor Starsky, Tenor
Jessica Kimple, Mezzo-Soprano
Todd Wachsman, Baritone
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

May 15, 2016
Bones of Contention
Brass Ensemble
Jeremy Kempton, tenor trombone
Alex Somer, tenor trombone
Jacob Elkin, tenor trombone
Nick Healy, bass trombone


September 15, 2013
Martin Söderberg, piano
Music of Spanish Composers

October 20, 2013
500 Years of Music
for Guitar
Peter Griggs, classical guitar

November 17, 2013
Stefanie Izzo, soprano
Luis González, baritone
David Taubman, piano

January 19, 2014
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Luis González, baritone

February 16, 2014
Chamber Music Concert
Akiko Hosoi, violin
Laura Ha, violin
Alyssa Hardie Beckmann, viola
Midori Sadamatsu Witkowski, viola
Julian Schwarz, cello
Andrew Trombley, double bass
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

March 16, 2014
Filip Pogády, violin
Peter Fancovic, piano

May 18, 2014
Children's Program
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

October 19, 2014
Quartet for the End of Time
Chamber Music Recital
Catherine Lawlor, violin
Tony Park, clarinet
Elizabeth Kim, cello
Markus Kaitila, piano

November 16, 2014
The Studio of Nelson Ojeda Valdés
A Concert of Chamber Music

January 18, 2015
Rebecca Jordan, flute
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano

February 15, 2015
A Night at the Opera
Anna Noggle, soprano
Victor Starsky, tenor

March 22, 2015
Through Her Eyes:
A Celebration of Women in Music
Stefanie Izzo, soprano
Catherine Frank, piano

April 19, 2015
The Three B's
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

October 18, 2015
Lynette Carveth, soprano
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Spanish Music
for Voice and Piano

November 15, 2015
Chamber Music
Students of
Nelson Ojeda Valdés

December 13, 2015
Olivia Smith, soprano
Christopher Bradshaw, piano
Mozart, Brahms, Britten

January 17, 2016
Stefanie Izzo, soprano

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Markus Kaitila, piano

Toccata in G Minor, BWV 915


Sonata in C Minor, K. 457


Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 26
Sunday, February 21st
6:00 pm
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.
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