Marcel Becker
Marcel Becker was born in Germany.He started playing the bass at the age of 13 and made his solo debut, at 16, in the international bass festival In Debrecine (Hungary). After his first lessons with Josef Tottzer (Philharmonia Hungarica) he studied with Prof. Rolf Heister (Folkwanghochschule Esssen) and Prof. Wolfgang Guettler (Musikhochschule Koeln/ Karlsruhe) and won first prize with honours in his final exam.
Next to his studies in music college he had private lessons with teachers such as Prof. O. Badilla (Bukarest), Prof. K. Trumpf (Muenchen), Prof. J. Bradettich (Chicago), K. Siebach (Leipzig) and Etienne Siebens (Bruessel) .
In 1986 and 1988 he was winner of the German National Youth Competition “Jugend musiziert” and was Principal Bass of the German National and the European Community Youth Orchestra from 1987-1991.
In 1995 he was appointed Principal Bass of the “Neue Philharmonie Westfalen” and moved to Great Britain in 1999 to become the Sub Principal Bass of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Since then he has played with Orchestras such as The Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic and The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields to name a few and was invited as Guest Principal by the Halle Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Ensemble, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He is currently Principal bass of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the European Camerata.
He regularly gives recitals in Great Britain, on the continent, Eastern Europe and Asia
Marcel recorded his first CD with the Latvian Pianist Zane Stradyna in 1997 playing music by Beethoven, Bach, Hindemith, Bruch and Frescobaldi.