about me

About me


• Thomas Kanitz began his musical studies at the age of 17 years with Prof. Mirko Dorner at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik

(State College for Music) in Berlin and continued later on with Takis Ktenaveas.

• Already during his studies he was co-founder of the Reger String Quartet Berlin with which he undertook numerous concert tours

in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

• As a cello and chamber music teacher, he taught during the same period at the Delhi School of Music, the State University of

Rhode Island, the Schiller College Berlin and the „International Shawnigan Music Festival“ in Vancouver/ Canada.

• The Reger Quartet has made recordings at almost every German broadcasting station and recorded also for the Label

VOX / New York,among others the complete works for string quartet by Max Reger.

• After finishing the quartet career he became the principal cellist of the Rheinische Kammerorchester Köln

(Rhineland Chamber Orchestra Cologne) and later on a member of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra.

• As a co-founder of the „Mendelssohn Trio Hamburg“ with violinist Günter Marx and the pianist Ingeborg Schmidt-Noll, as well

as a member of the Ensemble „Dortmund Soloists“ he undertook many concert tours in Germany, other European countries

and South America. With the Mendelssohn Trio he recorded the Piano Trio op 20 (1950) by Rene Leibowitz at the SFB Berlin.

• For eight years he taught at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Köln (State College for Music of Cologne) as a lecturer for

Cello and Chamber Music. In 2002, he recorded the CD „Die verlangsamte Zeit“ (The slowed down times) with works by

Messiaen, Cage and Arvo Pärt with „Laska Records".

• After ending his orchestral activities with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra Thomas Kanitz could successfully apply

his versatile musical experience 2011-2014 as the Artistic Director of the MUSON CENTRE in Lagos / Nigeria.

• Besides his teaching activities for Cello, Conducting and Chamber Music at the MUSON DIPLOMA SCHOOL of MUSIC

he was also the conductor of the MUSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with whom he performed numerous compositions as

premiere for West Africa.

• In addition to the widely acclaimed performance of the opera "The Magic Flute" by Mozart in German with exclusively

African singers and musicians, the "Rhapsody in Blue" by Gershwin, the first part of the Christmas Oratorio he also performed

and conducted numerous chamber music works, concertos, opera arias and choirs from Baroque up to contemporary music as

first performances for West Africa.

• Since he finished his engagement in Africa Thomas Kanitz started teaching students of the "Afghanistan National Institute of Music"

as well as the conductors of the very popular "only female orchestra" ZOHRA from Kabul.

• In collaboration with "Musicians without Borders" he went teaching young musicians from refugee camps in Palestine within

the 2017 Summer Workshop of "Sounds of Palestine" in Bethlehem.

• Following an invitation from China he gave concerts and masterclasses for two month in Hangzhou and Ningbo.




















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