Young Berliner Marcus Merkel is a versatile musician – on stage he is not only performing as conductor, but also as pianist, composer and singer. With his works he won several competitions like the German “Bundeswettbewerb Komposition”; prizes and scholarships he also received as pianist and singer.
In 2013 Marcus founded the “Junge Philharmonie Berlin”, a young Berlin based orchestra of which he is chief conductor. As a guest he already conducted a festival in Kyoto (Japan) with a big international student orchestra, he held a conducting workshop for the Education department of the Berliner Philharmoniker and conducted – as assistant of Julien Salemkour – “Le Nozze di Figaro” in Rostock, Germany. Moreover he assisted Raoul Grüneis, Dirk Kaftan and Antonino Fogliani for opera productions and CD recordings. In January 2015 he filled in for indisposed Julien Salemkour in a concert with the Brandenburger Symphoniker.
Since season 2015/16 he was working at the Oper Graz (Austria) as pianist and conductor and led performances of „Il Barbiere di Siviglia“, „The Nutcracker“, „Der Zwerg“, „Il Prigioniero“ and „Norma“ (amongst others). In October 2016 he conducted „Ariadne auf Naxos“ with the Nederlandse Reisopera in Amsterdam, in November 2016 he led a concert performance of „Fidelio“ with the Expat Philharmonic Orchestra in Rostock. In January 2017, on shortest notice, he filled in for an indisposed colleague with „La Rondine“ at Oper Graz. In June 2017 debuted in the Musikverein Graz conducting a program with the „Clarinotts“ (Ernst, Daniel & Andreas Ottensamer) and the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra.
For the season 2017/18 he was appointed as „Kapellmeister” at Oper Graz and will be seen conducting in „Amahl und die nächtlichen Besucher“, „Le Nozze di Figaro“, „Il Viaggio a Reims“, „Eine Nacht in Venedig“, „Candide“ and „Maria de Buenos Aires“.