Markus Däunert, Violon

Markus Däunert (violin)

Markus Däunert co-founded and was the assistant concertmaster of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for over eight years.

As guest concertmaster, Markus has been invited to play with orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg and the Munich Chamber Orchestra.

Markus is also a founding member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, where he played for many years under Claudio Abbado. With a passion for educational programmes for young musicians, he founded the Aldeburgh Strings as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme of which he was both artistic director and director for many years. For 13 years he taught at the Frankfurt University of Music and he devotes a large amount of time to work for music and social projects such as the Sistema Venezuela, Neojiba Brazil and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. He taught at the Academy De Sono in Turin and he led the Archi De Sono here as well.

Markus has performed in concerto halls far and wide. A particularly intensive collaboration connects him with Claudio Abbado, whom he assisted for many years, notably in the preparation of projects and recordings for the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. He has also worked very close with conductors such as Daniel Harding, Robin Ticciati, Tugan Sokhiev, Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly, Gustavo Dudamel and amongst others.  During his years as a regular guest artist with the Berlin Philharmonic, he played under the greatest conductors of our time.

Markus’s album recordings include the world premiere recording of Giacinto Scelsi’s chamber music with the label Stradivarius, recordings as director of the Aldeburgh Strings (Linn Records) and future projects include the release of ARDE Trio’s “Tango Concertante“ album with the label Ars Produktion, of which Markus is a founding member.

As a chamber musician, Markus has appeared with the following musicians: Alexander Lonquich, Christian Zacharias, Gianluca Cascioli, Maria João Pires, Herbert Schuch, Bruno Canino, Nicolas Altstaedt, Claudio Bohorquez and Thomas Demenga.

Markus regularly works as a consultant and coach for high profile youth orchestras including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Americas and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. He has been invited to give master classes at the Manhattan School of Music (New York), New England Conservatory of Music (Boston), French Academy in Rome and at the Aix en Provence and Domaine Forget International festivals.

In 2019 he founded the ARDE Trio and in 2020 he founded the MASSA Trio together with Omar Massa and Pavlin Nechev. Both trios are represented by Reinicke Artists in Berlin.

Markus plays on the “Apollo” violin made by luthier, Christoph Götting.