Henri Demarquette was born in 1970. He started at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique in Paris at the age of thirteen; a pupil of Philippe Muller and Maurice Gendron, he was unanimously awarded the First Prize. Performing regularly in public from a very early age, he caught the attention of Yehudi Menuhin, who invited him to play under his conducting in Paris and Prague, which gave a considerable boost to his international career. He has played with many outstanding pianists, including Boris Berezovsky, Frank Braley, Brigitte Engerer, Michel Dalberto, François-Frédéric Guy, and Jean-Bernard Pommier. A highly versatile musician, Henri Demarquette also pursues a variety of original projects, including a duo with the accordionist Richard Galliano, a line-up that brings together the cello and an a cappella
choir under the name of Vocello, and a collaboration with Victor Villena and the Quinteto El Después (Together, A Tango Dream
). He champions rarely heard twentieth-century works and has made the first recordings of pieces by Jean Cras, Florent Schmitt, and Jean Françaix. He has also premiered many contemporary works, by Olivier Greif, Pascal Zavaro, and Eric Tanguy, among others. In France, the Académie des Beaux-Arts has awarded Demarquette the Prix de la Fondation Simone et Cino del Duca.