Young Berliner Marcus Merkel (2nd tenor & 1st bass) 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 since then. 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 October 2016 he conducted „Ariadne auf Naxos“ with the Nederlandse Reisopera Enschede in Amsterdam. In January 2017, on shortest notice, he filled in for an indisposed colleague with „La Rondine“ at Oper Graz.