Marcel Johannes Kits
Estonia, °1995
CELLO 2022 : Third Prize
From the age of four, Marcel Johannes Kits showed a great interest in the cello. He began his training in Tallinn, then continued his studies in Germany under Francis Gouton and Jens Peter Maintz. He has mostly performed in his home country, Estonia, and in Europe, (at the Elbphilharmonie, the Boulez Saal, and the Berliner Philharmonie, among other venues) and has also played in St Petersburg, Moscow, and Israel. He has also appeared as a guest at, among other events, the Olympus Festival and the Festpiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He won first prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria in 2016 and at the Enescu Competition in Romania in 2018 and was a semi-finalist of the ARD International Music Competition in 2019. Passionate about chamber music, he has played in a trio since he was nine years old with Robert Traksmann and Rasmus Andreas Raide, with whom he has recorded numerous CDs for the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the foundation that loans him the Francesco Ruggieri cello he plays.


2018 - : Prof. Jens Peter Maintz
2014 - 2018 : Prof. Francis Gouton
2011 - 2014 : Mart Laas
2002 - 2011 : Laine Leichter


2019 - : Master of Music, Berlin University of the Arts
2018 - 2019 : Bachelor of Music, Berlin University of the Arts
2014 - 2018 : Unfinished Bachelor's degree, University of Music Trossingen
2002 - 2014 : High school diploma, Tallinn Music High School


2021 : Estonia concert hall, Tallinn, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Olari Elts
2020 : Great hall of Konzerthaus Berlin, Young Euro Classic, Solo
2020 : Estonia concert hall, Tallinn, MustonenFest Tallinn, Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra, Andres Mustonen
2020 : Estonia concert hall, Tallinn, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Vassily Sinaisky
2019 : Prinzregententheater, Munich, ARD competition, Munich Chamber Orchestra
2019 : Grand hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Musical Olympus Festival, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Yuwon Kim
2019 : Blackheads House, Tallinn, Tallinn Philharmonic Society, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tõnu Kaljuste
2018 : Romanian Athanaeum, Bucharest, George Enescu competition, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Watkins
2018 : Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Festival Spiegel im Spiegel, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Andres Mustonen
2018 : Henry Crown hall of Jerusalem Theatre, MustonenFest Tel Aviv, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Andres Mustonen


2018 : Semifinalist, ARD competition
2018 : 1. prize, George Enescu competition (Romania)
2016 : 1. prize, Johannes Brahms competition (Austria)
2015 : 1. prize, Estonian National String competition
Closing concert Cello 2022 - Marcel Johannes Kits
Final 2022 : Marcel Johannes Kits - Shostakovich
Semi-final 2022 : Marcel Johannes Kits - recital
Semi-final 2022 : Marcel Johannes Kits - concerto
First round 2022 : Marcel Johannes Kits
Final (31/05/2022)
Jörg Widmann 5 Albumblätter
Dmitry Shostakovich Concerto n. 1 in E flat major op. 107
Marcel Johannes Kits, cello
Brussels Philharmonic, dir. Stéphane Denève

Récital (20/05/2022)

Robert Schumann Adagio and Allegro op. 70
Daan Janssens Wie aus der Ferne
Francis Poulenc Sonata for cello and piano FP 143
Julius Klengel Scherzo op. 6
Marcel Johannes Kits, cello
Naoko Sonoda, pianist accompanist

Concerto (17/05/2022)

Joseph Haydn Concerto n. 2 in D major Hob. VIIb:2
Marcel Johannes Kits, cello
Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, dir. Vahan Mardirossian
First round (09/05/2022)
André Jolivet Nocturne
Eugène Ysaÿe Grave (Sonata for solo cello in C minor op. 28)
Luigi Boccherini Sonata in B flat major G. 8
Marcel Johannes Kits, cello
Karel Steylaerts, cellist accompanist
Naoko Sonoda, pianist accompanist
Relive the performances of Violin 2024
The Competition's CD's
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