©Alex Fritsch
©Alex Fritsch

                       „…an excellent cellist with a huge sound and warm vibrato…”

 

                                                                                       Riccardo Chailly

  

Marius Urba was born in 1988 in Vilnius (Lithuania).

A few years afterwards the family moved to Germany where he received his first cello lessons at the age of seven. He was taught many years by his father, a pupil of Rostropowitsch. After a time there followed prizes at youth competitions, among others the first prize on the national level of “Jugend musiziert”.

At the age of 16 he studied with Prof. Peter Bruns at the HMT-Leipzig, first as a youth student. Some years later he studied with him as a regular student and concentrated at the same time on chamber music. Among his chamber music partners are renowned artists such as Martin Ostertag, Rainer Kussmaul, Lisa Batiashvili or Menahem Pressler. Through the participation in festivals and master classes he could receive musical impulses from artists such as Heinrich Schiff, Wolfgang Boettcher, Phillippe Muller and Janos Starker.

During his studies numerous awards and scholarships were bestowed upon him. So he won among others the “Stocker” special prize of the Philharmonie Baden Baden and was scholarship holder of the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation Hamburg, Doms Foundation Basel and Redslob Foundation Berlin. With 22 years he gave his concert debut in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. After completing his studies there followed engagements as substitute 1. Solo cellist in the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and furthermore as 1. Solo cellist in numerous orchestras as for example the Staatsoper Hannover oder the Bergen Symphony Orchestra in Norway. Due to such busy orchestral activity he could work together with such conductors as Semyon Bychkov, Andris Nelsons, Herbert Blomstedt und Danielle Gatti. Since 2014 he is a regular member of the Bamberg Symphony –Bavarian State Philharmonic and plays regularly in the Esbjerg Ensemble (Denmark).

 

Thanks to the generous support of the PE-Förderungen Mannheim he plays on an

Italian instrument from the year 1800.