Patrick Demenga

Patrick Demenga

Patrick Demenga

Switzerland

Patrick Demenga studied at the Berne Conservatory and in 1983 received the Tschumi-Preis for Best Soloist's Degree. Further studies followed with Boris Pergamenschikow in Cologne and Harvey Shapiro in New York. In 1983 he won the Rhan-Musikpreis, in 1984 the Prix de la ville de la Chaux-de-Fonds, and in 1986 the Europäis-che Förderpreis für Musik in Straßburg.

Cello soloist with the Stadtorchester Winterthur in 1984 and 1985, Patrick Demenga subsequently spent three years with the Neuen Zürcher Quartett. At the age of 25 he was invited to teach a professional and soloist class at the Berne Conservatory.

As a soloist and chamber musician Patrick Demenga has given concerts throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, South America, Australia and Asia. He has played under the direction of conductors including Armin Jordan, Leif Segerstam, Heinz Holliger, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Mario Venzago, Howard Griffiths and Dennis Russell Da-vies. He is, additionally, the initiator and artistic director of the "Vier Jahreszeiten-Konzerte" in Blumenstein, Switzerland. Alongside his concert activities Patrick Demenga has made numerous radio and television broad-casts and LP and CD recordings which have brought his name to an international public. He is committed, above all, to contemporary music, and has given first performances of works by Isang Yun, Alexander Knaifel, Barry Guy, Sally Beamish, Thomas Demenga, Thomas Larcher, Heinz Holliger, Gerhard Schedl and others. On the ECM New Series recording of "12 Hommages à Paul Sacher", Patrick Demenga can be heard playing pieces by Alberto Ginastera, Wolfgang Fortner, Hans Werner Henze, Conrad Beck and Henri Dutilleux.
 

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