“Passionate musician and multifaceted personality, Henri Demarquette plays the cello as one sets ablaze a deep forest; not one of his bow strokes leaves indifferent because it awakens the unconscious of music ”O. Bellamy (Le Monde de la Musique).
Henri Demarquette, born in 1970, entered at the age of 13 at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he studied with Philippe Muller and Maurice Gendron. Unanimous First Prize winner, he also worked with Pierre Fournier and Paul Tortelier, then with Janos Starker in Bloomington, USA. Familiar with the scene from the age of 14, he began at 17 with a recital at the Théâtre du Châtelet and a television program recorded by France 3 with pianist Hélène Grimaud. He was immediately noticed by Lord Yehudi Menuhin who invited him to play Dvořák’s Concerto under his direction in Prague and Paris.
Since then, his career has taken off internationally, leading him to many capitals accompanied by the largest French and foreign orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the France National Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Paris Chamber Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, the Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra, the Urals Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Hannover NDR, and in the company of its privileged pianist partners Boris Berezovsky, Michel Dalberto, Jean-Bernard Pommier or Frank Braley. Henri Demarquette also plays an eclectic program from Bach to Galliano with the accordionist Richard Galliano. Henri Demarquette is also pursuing several “Vocello” projects: a program for cello and a capella choir bringing together Renaissance works with regard to contemporary music. Many new works are in preparation for this training. “Tree” or a thousand years of music, from Gregorian chant to today’s music presented on the violin, cello, piano and bandoneon. “Together, A Tango Dream”, fruitful collaboration between Henri Demarquette and the group “El Despues”. A history of Tango from its origins to a creation by Gustavo Beytelmann.
A curious spirit, Henri Demarquette regularly approaches contemporary music, and likes to defend rare works. He works in close collaboration with the great current composers and stimulates the composition of works by Olivier Greif, Pascal Zavaro, Eric Tanguy, Florentine Mulsant or Alexandre Gasparov. His interpretation of the concerto Tout un monde lointain by Henri Dutilleux gave rise to a documentary film broadcast on the Mezzo channel. Since 2012, he has been invited by Michel Onfray to speak at the Popular University of Caen. In the company of Jean-Yves Clément, essayist, poet, musician, he evokes various aspects of music in the form of conference talks.
During the 2013-2014 season, he will perform, among other destinations, in India, Korea, Belgium, during several tours in Russia, Berlin, Jerusalem, La Cité de la Musique, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre du Rond-point, the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, the Auvers-sur-Oise Festival, the Maurice Ravel Academy in Saint-Jean de Luz… and will give works for the first hearing cello and choir by Eric Tanguy and Philippe Hersant and concertos by Michel Legrand and Richard Galliano. This openness is reflected in an eclectic discography, crowned with numerous distinctions in France and abroad, among which are: Jean Cras: String trio and quintet for flute, harp and string trio with J. Hurel, MP Langlamet, P. Graffin and M. da Silva (Timpani Records) Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto n ° 1, Sonata n ° 1, Carnaval des Animaux with B. Berezovsky, B. Engerer and the Ensemble orchestral de Paris dir: J Swensen (Mirare). Classical shock December / January and a ResMusica key) Olivier Greif: “By the Fall of Adam” National Orchestra of France, dir: J.C. Casadesus, piano: G. Bellucci. (Universal Music France). shock of the Classica year and key of the year ResMusica Johannes Brahms: The 3 sonatas with M. Dalberto (Warner Classics). “Shock of world of music “,” RTL d’OR “, and ffff of Télérama” Invitation au voyage” works by Fauré, Debussy, Massenet, Duparc, Ravel, Poulenc with B. Engerer (Warner Classics). “Shock from the music world” L.v. Beethoven: The complete sonatas with Michel Dalberto on DVD (Armide) Frédéric Chopin: The complete work for cello with B. Engerer (Intrada) Jean-Sebastien Bach: The 6 Suites for solo cello (Festival collection) ‘Auvers sur Oise) Josef Haydn: The two concertos with the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra (Verany) Jean Cras: The Legend with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra (Timpani) James Mac Millan: The Complete Work for Cello and Piano with Graham Scott (Deux-Elles) Florentine Mulsant: Sonata for cello solo.