Markus Hohti is a cellist of great versatility – equally at home whether playing classical or baroque cello, performing at contemporary music concerts, chamber music festivals, and jazz clubs. He has recently developed an interest in electro acoustic music and cross-genre projects.

Having always been interested in diverse musical styles, Markus has developed a wide ranging repertoire and he performs actively as a soloist, chamber musician and with his own ensembles defunensemble, Uusinta Ensemble, Sid Hille Contemporary Collective, Finnish Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble Laboratorium. A keen interest in authentic performance practice has led Markus to found, together with violinist Antti Tikkanen and pianist Joonas Ahonen, the Rödberg Trio, who use authentic period instruments in their performances. His latest project is Bach from the Basement, a musical video diary where every week he’ll publish a performance of a different movement from one of Bach’s six solo cello suites.

Markus has performed at major festivals and concert halls, including Kuhmo Chamber Music, Pekka Kuusisto’s Our Festival, Lucerne Festival, Salzburger Biennale, Tonhalle in Zurich and Berlin Filharmonie. He has premiered hundreds of new pieces and collaborated with renowned artists such as Ralf Gothoni, Cyprien Katsaris, Jaime Martin, Alasdair Beatson, Thomas Demenga, Rainer Schmidt and Gordan Nikolic.

Markus’ most memorable solo performances include Brian Ferneyhough’s legendary ‘Time and Motion Study 2’ at the Helsinki Festival and Sebastian Fagerlund’s ‘Stone on Stone’ as a soloist with Avanti! Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu.

In 2011, the KLANG-concert series was born through Markus’ initiative at the Helsinki Music Centre. He is also a co-founder and co-director of Ristiveto Festival together with pianist Emil Holmström and violinist Eriikka Maalismaa.

A committed and experienced pedagogue, Markus has recently been appointed as a teacher at Tampere Music Academy.