Henri Demarquette

French cellist (1970-)

Henri Demarquette is a strong advocate of both rare works and contemporary music on the other, and has been enjoying for years a rich career as a cellist. Used to the stage, on which he has been performing since the age of 14, as well as a recording studio regular where he recorded several albums (Beethoven, Chopin), he loves to develop his musical inspirations.

Henri Demarquette entered the Conservatoire de Paris at the age of 13, where he studied with Philippe Muller and Maurice Gendron. After graduating, he went on studying with Pierre Fournier, Paul Tortelier and Janos Starker in the United States. There, he caught the attention of Yehudi Menuhin, who will invite him to play Dvorák’s Concerto in Prague and Paris with Menuhin conducting.

Demarquette has been enjoying an international career and had the opportunity to perform with the greatest French and international orchestras: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the London Philharmonic, the Paris Chamber Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, the Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphonia Varsovia, Hannover NDR, etc.

He is a strong advocate and promoter of contemporary music, and created works with composers such as Pascal Zavaro, Eric Tanguy, Florentine Mulsant, Alexandre Gasparov, Michel Legrand, Richard Galliano, Laurent Petitgirard, Marcel Landowski, Jean Françaix and Henri Dutilleux. Olivier Greif dedicates the Durch Adams Fall concert to him.

Always looking for new creative ideas, Demarquette regularly takes part in original projects as well as unusual instrumental mixtures such as the Vocello programme, which brings together a cello and a choir a cappella performing Renaissance pieces and works of the 21st century, or the Arborescence programme, with which he presents the history of music through violin, cello, piano and bandoneon.

This eclecticism is clearly recognisable in his discography.

Six landmark dates in the life of Henri Demarquette

1996: named at the Victoires de la musique

2000: creates Durch Adams Fall at the Salle Pleyel under the direction of Marc Minkowski

2001: focuses on the Musikalia Association in order to improve children’s musical taste

2005: he receives an award from the Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation

2006: he records MacMillan’s works for cello and piano with Graham Scott

2012: he is invited by Michel Onfray at the Popular University of Caen

Website: http://www.henridemarquette.com/new_demo.html#/fr/accueil

Biography from Radio France’s document database, November 2013