Finnish born Markus Maskuniitty studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and played principal French horn with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1994 he became principal French horn with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and held the same position at the Berliner Philharmoniker from 1997 to 1999. Markus Maskuniitty was voted “Brass player of the year” in Finland in 1992. He has won prizes at several international soloist competitions, including the international French horn competition in Markneukirchen in 1991 and the ARD-Wettbewerb in Munich in 1994. Markus Maskuniitty has held a professorship in the French horn at the Academy of Music in Hannover, Germany since 2000.