Thomas Demenga

Thomas Demenga

Thomas Demenga

Switzerland

Thomas Demenga studied with Walter Grimmer, Antonio Janigro, Leonard Rose and Mstislav Rostropovich, amongst others, and received his chamber music education at the Juilliard School. Successes at competitions in Genf and New York launched his international career. As a soloist he has worked with conductors including Heinz Holliger, Armin Jordan, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Sándor Végh. Regular chamber music partners include Heinz Holliger, Aurèle Nicolet, Gidon Kremer, Thomas Zehetmair, and Tabea Zimmermann.

An outstanding instrumentalist, Thomas Demenga's versatility is also manifested in his work as composer and teacher (he continues to hold a post at the Basel Music Academy), as soloist, chamber musician, and improviser. An ardent interpreter of new music, he also moves with assurance through the centuries, his recital programmes often combining baroque and contemporary musics. A series of recordings for ECM documents this approach, with Bach's cello suites coupled with pieces by Heinz Holliger, Elliott Carter, Sándor Veress, B.A. Zimmer-mann. A further volume in this series - Bach/Isang Yun - is in preparation. Thomas Demenga's Bach/Carter recording (ECM New Series 1391) was awarded the Quarterly Prize of the German Record Critics. For the New Series Thomas Demenga has also recorded music of Franz Schubert, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Arvo Pärt as well as - in the context of the "12 Hommages à Paul Sacher" - Witold Lutoslawski, Luciano Berio, Cristóbal Half-fter, Benjamin Britten, Klaus Huber and Pierre Boulez.

 

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