Marcel Johannes Kits began his cello studies at the age of five under the guidance of Lembi and Reet Mets. At the age of seven, he enrolled in the Laine Leichter‘s cello class at the Tallinn Music High School; at 16, he continued his studies under Mart Laas.
Since October 2014, Marcel has been studying in Germany at the Trossingen University of Music under Professor Francis Gouton.
Marcel has successfully participated in several national and international competitions, for example at age eight, he won second place at an international cello competition in Liezen (Austria). This was followed by a first place win in 2006 at the Karl Davydov Cello Competition in Kuldiga (Latvia).
In 2008 and 2011, he was awarded the second place prize at the Dombrovsky string instrument competition in Riga (Latvia) and in 2009, a second place prize at the international competition “Young musician” in Tallinn.
In 2013, Marcel won first prize at the TV competition “Klassikatähed” organised by the Estonian television network ETV and a special prize by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. In the consecutive year, Marcel gave over 100 concerts across Estonia, including in the biggest concert halls.
In April 2015, he was awarded the second Grand Prize at the school-wide competition of the Trossingen University of Music. In October 2015, Marcel won first prize at the Estonian String Competition (which was also the only first prize of the competition) and the Thomastik-Infeld special price.
Marcel has performed as a soloist in front of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, the Pärnu City Orchestra, the Estonian National Youth Symphony, the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan) and collaborated with conductors such as Risto Joost, Arvo Volmer, Mihkel Kütson, Mikk Murdvee, and Jüri Alperten.
At the President’s reception of the 97th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, Marcel performed with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra at the Jõhvi Concert Hall (conductor Risto Joost).
In the autumn of 2015, Marcel performed as a soloist with the Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany, with the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in Russia, and with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra in Estonia, where Schumann’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo variations” were performed.
He has actively participated in different piano masterclasses of Professor Stefan Popov, Professor Michaela Fukačová, Professor László Fenyö, Professor Wen-Sinn Yang, Professor Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Professor Marko Ylönen, and many others in Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, the UK, etc. On fourth consecutive summers since 2010, he has received a full scholarship to participate at the Astona International Summer Music Academy courses in Switzerland.
Since 2016, Marcel has been playing on a cello made by Francesco Ruggieri (Cremona, 1674), which he was given for playing by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.