Markus Däunert, highly sought after as a director, guest leader, soloist and chamber musician, was born in 1970 in Berlin and studied with Walter Carl Zeller in Berlin and Jost Witter in Weimar. He completed his studies with Igor Ozim and Norbert Brainin. From 1997-2005 he led and co-led the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with which he also appeared as soloist, under such conductors as Daniel Harding, Claudio Abbado, Trevor Pinnock and Philippe Herreweghe. He frequently appears as guest leader with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Gewandhausorchestra Leipzig, Ensemble Resonanz and BBC Philharmonic. Frequently he is joining the Berliner Philharmoniker as well. Markus Däunert dedicates an increasing amount of his time to education projects all over the world. Beside of founding several orchestra's like Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Lucerne Festival Orchestra he has been involved in the creation of "education ensembles" like Archi De Sono and Aldeburgh Strings where he has made a name for himself by directing from the concert master's desk. Markus Däunert is member of the Faculty of the Youth Orchestra of Americas and is a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. In the field of chamber music he was founding member of the Mahler Soloists and has been a member of the Ensemble Messiaen since 2005. As a chamber musician, soloist and teacher he has been regularly invited to Aldeburgh Music, Dartington Summer School, Festival Domain Forget and New England Conservatory Boston. In the near future he will be working at Manhatten School of Music and at Royal Academy of London. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician with pianists like Christian Zacharias, Alexander Lonquich, Gianluca Cascioli, Martha Argerich, Steven Kovachevich, Michaela Ursuleasa, Benjamin Frith, Herbert Schuch, Christian Blackshaw and Ricardo Castro. He has appeared at several major music festivals, including Schleswig-Holstein, Wien, Salzburg, London, Rheingau Music Festival, Schwetzingen, Aix-en-Provence, Domain Forget, Berliner Festspiele, Luzern Festival, Ruhrtriennale. Markus Däunert is playing on a violin, made by the german violin maker Christoph Götting.