Marko Ylönen

Masterclass Application & Biography

How to apply

The Masterclass will take place from 4 to 9 March 2024 in Trani (Italy, Puglia).

The program for the lessons of the masterclass is free.

The Masterclass is open to cellists of every age and nationality.

– inscription fee: 150 euros
– masterclass tuition fee: 350 euros
– Optional addition to the masterclass, cost for playing as soloist with orchestra: 520 euros
In addition to the masterclass, every student has the possibility to play at the final concerts as soloist with orchestra. The students can choose among various concerti with a similar orchestral instrumentation to Haydn.

The deadline for sending an application to the Masterclass is the 1st of January 2024.

The organization of the Masterclass will give you the possibility to sleep and have full meals at very cheap costs.

– Airport in Bari (40 km far from Trani) and transfer to Trani with train
– Rome airport and train from Roma Termini station to Trani

All the payment fees must be made when you send your application to attend the Masterclass by transfer to this account: 
IBAN IT79 C360 9201 6000 9579 9232 960

If the applicant is not admitted to Masterclass the fee will be refunded.
If the application is successful but the student withdraws from the Masterclass, there will be No refund.

For other information, you can call +39 3468296657 or send an e-mail to


Finnish cellist Marko Ylönen has performed in as many different roles as almost any other cellist from his generation: soloist, orchestral player and principal, string quartet member, freelance player in duos and trios, and teacher. He has also been a winner and prizewinner in major competitions and a prolific recording artist.

Not surprisingly, Ylönen’s repertory is broad, taking in a range of works by C.P.E. Bach, Boccherini, Vivaldi, Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Piazzolla, and especially contemporary Finnish composers like Einojuhani Rautavaara, Joonas Kokkonen, Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Jouni Kaipainen, Ralf Gothóni, Olli Mustonen, and many others. Ylönen has concertized throughout Europe, the U.S., Japan, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He has recorded for several labels, including Ondine, Finlandia, ALBA and BIS. The Bach Suites for solo cello were released in spring 2019 for ALBA.

 In 1990 he was awarded 2nd prize at the Turku Scandinavian Cello Competition and later that year he became a finalist and a prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 1996 he won the first prize at the Concert Artist Guild Competition in New York.

He plays regurlarly as soloist with the major Finnish orchestras. He has also played with such leading orchestras as Camerata Salzburg, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orrchestra and the Netherlands Chamber orchestra. Among the conductors he has worked with, are Leif Segerstam, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Juha Kangas, John Storgårds, Sakari Oramo, Okko Kamu, Mosche Atzmon, Alexander Vedernikov, Heinrich Schiff, Ben Wallfish, Susanna Mälkki, Olli Mustonen, Hannu Lintu and Klaus Mäkelä. 

He has given recitals in many major halls e.g. Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York and Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal in Amsterdam among many others.

As chamber musician, Marko Ylönen has played in various ensembles with a great number of world’s leading musicians. He has also been invited Artistic Director of Korsholm Music Festival in 2003, 2008 and 2010-12 and LuostoClassic Festival in Finnish Lapland in 2014-2017 . From autumn 2009 Mr. Ylönen is engaged as Professor of Chamber Music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Marko Ylönen has studied with  Csaba Szilvay, Erkki Rautio, Heikki Rautasalo and Heinrich Schiff. He plays a Bartolomeo Cristofori cello from 1720´s.