Markus Karas grew up in Frankfurt/Main where he graduated with honors as church musician and organ virtuoso. In 1989 he became choirmaster and organist at Bonn's Münster Cathedral, furthermore he was appointed as principal cantor of the deanery in 1992. For many years he participated in the Bonn Beethoven-Festival as conductor and organist. Karas is choirmaster of the award-winning women´s chamber-choir BonnSonata and of the Rheinischer Kinder- und Jugendchor Bonn. His manifold artistic activities during the last three decades include TV, radio and CD recordings, as well as lectureships and concerts all over the world. In 2008 he became laureate of the Sudetendeutscher Kulturpreis Musik. Markus Karas is co-editor of the periodical Musik & Kirche, compositions of his own are published by various publishers. Many of his former students have become successful as cathedral-organist, composer, professor or municipal cantor. Markus Karas is appointee for the composers of the archdiocese of Cologne.