was born in Rheineck (Sankt Gallen). He was at the academy of Music in Zurich where he got the diploma of organ in 1978 by Hans Vollenweider, the diploma of piano in 1979 by Edward Hug and the diploma for organ concert in 1980 with honors. Further studies followed with Franz Lehrndorfer (Munich), Jean Langlais (Paris) and Gaston Litaize (Paris).
At the moment he is the main organist in Emmen (Luzern) and director of the School of Music in Emmen since 1996. Markus Kühnis works as a performer in Europe and South America. He has directed several productions for radio, television and recordings.