Finnish pianist Markus Kaitila has appeared as a soloist with the Joutseno Art Summer, Wratislavia, St. Peter’s Festival, Queens College, and Jackson Heights chamber orchestras as well as the One World and New Amsterdam Symphony orchestras, under conductors such as Tong Chen and Charles Neidich. He has conducted Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in E Major, from the piano at LeFrak Concert Hall (New York) in 2016, and is the winner of the Bronze Prize in the 2nd WPTA Finland International Piano Competition 2020 and First Prize at the Köhler-Osbahr piano competition (Duisburg) in 2013. Additionally, he has won First and Second Prizes in national chamber music competitions (Juvenalia, E. Melartin) and remains an active and widely experienced chamber musician.
In 2017, he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music, City University of New York Queens College, under the tutelage of Nina Lelchuk. Kaitila holds a Master of Music and Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from NYU Steinhardt, where he studied with Eteri Andjaparidze and taught piano lessons and keyboard skills as a member of the adjunct faculty in Piano Studies.