Markus Kuikka graduated from Sibelius Academy with cello as major instrument, wich he also studied at various masterclasses held for example Frans Helmerson and Marcel Bergman. Markus studied viol and baroque cello privately with Peeter Klaas and Timo Juntura and at masterclasses by Sarah Cunningham, Laurence Dreyfus, Wieland Kuijken and Jordi Savall. Among recent expeditions is lyraviol-repertoire which he studied at Sibelius Academy with Veli-Markus Tapio as well privately arpeggione and baryton with Alfred Lessing and Jeremy Brooker. Markus played 30 years as principal cello at Kuopio Symphony Orchestra. He founded both The BarokkiKuopio -Festival of early music and the Untoconsort of Viols. Markus graduated on baryton and arpeggione from artistic doctor training program of Sibelius Academy and has gained many distinguished scholarships from various finnish foundations. At season 2011-12 he worked as assistant professor at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Markus has worked as a part time teacher of viola da gamba at Estonian Academy of Music and Dance (Tallinn) and Sibelius Academy (Helsinki). Today he works as coordinator of advanced study and deputy director at the DocMus Doctoral School of Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki.