Passionate abandon, dynamic ensemble playing, and the pure joy of playing—all that stands for the Duo Urba. The young duo has studied at the Hochschule for Musik und Theater Leipzig and received in addition important impulses from Maria Kliegel, Garry Hofmann and David Geringas. Since 2014 Marius Urba and Vita Kan have devoted themselves to the repertoire for violoncello and piano. As a duo the two personalities step into an intensive dialogue and open up to the listener with individuality and harmony the musical richness of their ensemble. The duo was awarded in numerous international competitions, among others with the first prize in the Concours International Musique de Chambre de Lyon 2016.
„…an extraordinary pianist, who convinces with her authenticity and brilliance…”
Vita Kan was born in 1991 in Tomsk (Russia), where she received her first piano lesson with the age of five. Later on, she was taught at the special music school for outstanding talents in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
During her studies with Timur Urmancheev she played many concerts in various countries with the Camerata Kazakhstan.
In 2006 Vita Kan won a special prize at the 4th international piano competition in Almaty, which enabled her to study at the renown special conservatory “Kuljasch Baiseitova” for outstanding pianists. In 2011 Vita Kan came to Germany to study at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig with Gerald Fauth and Jacques Ammon. She is a scholarship holder of the DAAD and was promoted by the Ad-Infinitium Foundation. She received important musical stimuli through the work with artists such as Robert Levin, Jacques Rouvier, Pavel Gililov, Piotr Paleczny, Peter Bruns and David Geringas. Vita Kan gained chamber music experience in various ensembles and with musicians of the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician she was awarded Prizes in numerous competitions, among others at the Gaetano Zinetti Competition in 2015 and the Pinerolo International Chambermusic Competition in 2016. She plays regularly at festivals in China, Italy, France and Switzerland. Engagements as an orchestra pianist and teaching activity at the new Music School Leipzig expand her musical horizon.
„…an excellent cellist with a huge sound and warm vibrato…”
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.