There and back again…

Marius Tesch was born in Berlin, Germany, before moving to the United States in 1992. As a musician, he has performed all over the world, performing not only in solo recitals, but also in chamber ensembles and a handful of  jazz ensembles. He worked as a professional pianist and accompanist for Dreamland Productions from 2006 until 2009, where he performed regularly in at shows at Walt Disney World hotels, and conventions across the country. Now he is a pianist and an educator, who earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Central Florida. As a music student, Marius participated in lessons and master classes with famous concert pianists such as Laurent Boukobza, Tzimon Barto, Maxim Mogilevsky, Daniel Pollack, Rebecca Penneys, and many others. In 2009 he spent a semester studying music at festivals in Paris and Les Arcs, France. Additionally, he was selected as the accompanist of the University Choir in 2011, as well as other chamber groups. Marius has won several performance awards, including the first prize in the UCF Performance Excellence competition.

As a history student, Marius concentrated on topics around the world, highlighting his passion for history from a panoramic, global point of view. At UCF, he wrote and presented papers that ranged in subject from the Progressive era in the U.S. to social issues in communist China during the time of Mao. Unlike his peers, Marius chose to focus his attention to subjects in Russian, Chinese, and Japanese history, as well as the history of antiquity. At the Freie Universität, Marius grew especially fond of the intellectual history of the Enlightenment and the sociopolitical history of postwar Germany.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Marius moved to Berlin, Germany, where he was accepted to the graduate program in Musicology at the Freie Universität Berlin, and specialized in the history of music. As aa student at one of the most renowned institutes for music history in Germany, Marius had the opportunity to study with leading scholars in the field of music history and theory. His interests were complimented by a growth in his appreciation of the historiographical and methodological underpinnings of historical scholarship. He presented a wide variety of papers ranging in topic from a critical analysis of Gabriel Fauré’s song cycle La bonne chanson, the work of the music historian Carl Dahlhaus, and program music in the nineteenth century to music theory in late antiquity and musical philanthropy in Renaissance Italy. He graduated with his thesis on Kurt Weill’s earliest surviving symphony, a topic that he researched through primary sources at the Berthold Brecht Archiv and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

In 2014, Marius Tesch became a faculty member at the Orlando Music Institute, where he taught dozens of young students both piano and rudiments in music theory and ear-training. Additionally, he worked as the school’s social media coordinator and contributor. A full-time educator, Marius’ primary occupation is teaching World History at Timber Creek High School, where he brings together his passion for history and the arts with his drive to motivate, educate, and inspire others.