Wednesday 4.2 at 6pm: Café Barock at Arkadia: Bach from the Basement

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited by Café Barock to: Bach from the Basement on Wednesday 4.2 at 6pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)

Markus Hohti
, cello

“Bach from the Basement is a musical video diary where every week I’ll publish a performance of a different movement from one of Bach’s six solo cello suites. Most of the videos will be shot at my rehearsal studio – a former laundry in the basement of an apartment building – but if I’m on the road, they might be recorded in a hotel room, backstage at a concert hall or in an airport lounge. The first video will be published on 17th Sept 2014 and the project will culminate in performances of all six suites in 2015 to coincide with the 330th anniversary of the birth of J. S. Bach”.


Warm regards,


Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the bookshop is suggested and would be most welcome. Arkadia wouldn’t exist without this act of generosity. If you have no loose change or coins we gladly accept payment via Visa Electron or Mastercard etc. !

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.