And he has worked with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Jeffrey Tate, Ivor Bolton, Kent Nagano, Riccardo Muti, James Conlon, James Levine, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Emmanuel Villaume, Ivan Fischer, Daniele Gatti and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, amongst others.
Markus is also very much in demand on the concert and recital platforms. He has given recitals in Trieste, in London at the Wigmore Hall and St Martin in the Fields, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, for the Schubertiade in Hohenems, at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, and for the BBC in L’Derry and the Isle of Man. In concert he has sung the Fauré Requiem at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Des Knaben Wunderhorn on tour with the Orquesta Simfonica de Barcelona, Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella at the Wiener Konzerthaus with Ivor Bolton, and highlights of Thais at the Opera Comique. He has also appeared with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra under Giovanni Antonini, and for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Olari Elts.
Highlights of the 2012/13 season included Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Eisenstein Die Fledermaus and Belcore L’elisir d’amore for the Wiener Staatsoper, Don Giovanni in Turin and for La Fenice, and Beckmesser Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg for the Salzburg Festival.
In 2013/14 his opera engagements include Don Giovanni for the Zurich Opera, Don Alfonso Cosi fan tutte with the Theater an der Wien and Harnoncourt, Papageno Die Zauberflöte for the Wiener Staatsoper, and both Marcello La Boheme and Harlequin Ariadne for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His future projects also include a tour of concerts with Enrique Mazzola and the Orchestre national d’ile de France, Rodrigo Don Carlos for the New National Theatre in Tokyo, and recital appearances for the Musée d'Orsay, alongside Angelika Kirchschlager, and at the Wigmore Hall.
Markus began his vocal training aged 16. Later he studied singing at the Klagenfurt conservatory and at the Vienna Musikuniversität with Ralf Doring. Furthermore he had lessons with Robert Holl and Walter Berry and continues to work with Gerhard Kahry. Markus has been rewarded with numerous first prizes in Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Spain and Japan.