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. Since 2014 he is scholarship holder of Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Berlin.
In 2013 Marcus founded the “Junge Philharmonie Berlin”, a young Berlin based orchestra of which he is chief conductor since then. 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 is working at the Oper Graz (Austria) as pianist and conductor. In the season 2016/17 he will be seen conducting in „My fair Lady“, „Die Zirkusprinzessin“, „Der Nussknacker“, „Il Segreto di Susanna“, „Der Zwerg / Il Prigioniero“ and „Norma“. In October 2016 he conducted „Ariadne auf Naxos“ with the Nederlandse Reisopera Enschede 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 he will debut in the Musikverein Graz conducting a program with the „Clarinotts“ (Ernst, Daniel & Andreas Ottensamer) and the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra.