Marius Urba was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, and studied with Peter Bruns in Leipzig and Troels Svane in Berlin. Further important encouragement came from his father, a Rostropovich pupil who taught him for many years, as well as David Geringas, Heinrich Schiff and Wolfgang Boettcher. After graduating he had several engagements, as deputy first solo cello in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and first solo cello at the Hanover State Opera and Weimar Staatskapelle, among others.
Chamber music has always played a key role in his career. For many years now, he has concentrated primarily on the piano trio, and alongside his orchestral work he studies under the Artemis Quartet at Berlin’s University of the Arts, as a member of the Trio Marvin. Marius Urba has won prizes at numerous competitions, not least first prize at the 2016 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, first prize at the 2017 Berlin Mendelssohn Competition and Grand Prix at the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in Australia.
He plays on an Italian instrument of the 19th century. He has been a permanent member of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra since the 2014/15 season, since the 21/22 season as solo cellist.