Acclaimed for his highly sensitive touch and technical brilliance, Alexei Volodin is in demand by orchestras at the highest level. He possesses an extraordinarily diverse repertoire, from Beethoven and Brahms through Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Scriabin to Gershwin, Shchedrin and Medtner.
In the 2018/19 season, Volodin will return to Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, NCPA Orchestra China, BBC and Bournemouth symphony orchestras, as well as make debuts with Gulbenkian Orchestra, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic and New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. Other recent highlights include engagements with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and The Mariinsky Orchestra and under the baton of Dima Slobodeniouk, Kent Nagano, Robert Trevino and Valery Gergiev.
On tour, Volodin will perform throughout Spain with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev. In recent seasons, he has toured Germany and Switzerland with SWR Sinfonieorchester and Pietari Inkinen, Germany with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra with Alexander Liebreich, and Latin America with Russian National Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnev.
Volodin regularly appears in recital and has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, LSO St. Luke’s, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música and Mariinsky Theatre. He has also appeared in Paris’ Philharmonie, London’s International Piano Series, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Tonhalle Zürich and Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música.
An active chamber musician, he has a long standing collaboration with the Borodin Quartet with whom he performs regularly. Other chamber partners include Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Mischa Maisky and Sol Gabetta, as well as the Modigliani Quartet, Cuarteto Casals and Cremona Quartet.
Volodin’s latest album with the Mariinsky label was Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.4, conducted by Gergiev. Recording for Challenge Classics, Volodin’s disc of solo Rachmaninov works was released in 2013. He also recorded a solo album of Schumann, Ravel and Scriabin, and his earlier Chopin disc won a Choc de Classica and was awarded five stars by Diapason.
A regular artist at festivals, Volodin has performed at Bad Kissingen Sommer Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, Les Rencontres Musicales d'Évian, Festival La Folle Journée, the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg, St. Magnus International Festival and the Moscow Easter Festival.
Born in 1977 in Leningrad, Alexei Volodin studied at Moscow’s Gnessin Academy and later with Eliso Virsaladze at the Moscow Conservatoire. In 2001, he continued his studies at the International Piano Academy Lake Como and gained international recognition following his victory at the International Géza Anda Competition in Zürich in 2003.
Alexei Volodin is an exclusive Steinway artist.
As a young, brilliant musician Henri Demarquette attended the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Paris at the age of thirteen and studied with Philippe Muller and Maurice Gendron. His talent was quickly noticed and he was unanimously awarded a first prize which lead him to work with Pierre Fournier and Paul Tortelier in Paris, and Janos Starker in Bloomington, USA.
Already familiar with the stage, Demarquette makes his concert debut at seventeen in a recital at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. He catches the attention of Lord Yehudi Menuhin, who invited him to play Dvorák’s Cello Concerto with him in Prague and Paris. In 2005 he is awarded a prize from Fondation Simone et Cino del Duca.
His career then takes an international turn and he is invited to perform across the world with some of the greatest French and international orchestras: most recently Orchestre National de France, London Philharmonic, Weiner KammerOrchester, Ensemble Orchestral De Paris, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Sinfonia Varsovia, and Neue Philharmonie Westfalen He also appears with his favourite piano-partners Boris Berezovsky, Michel Dalberto, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Fabrizio Chiovetta, Vanessa Benelli Mosell and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger. In 2015 he co-founded a string quartet with Augustin Dumay, Svetlin Roussev, and Miguel da Silva.
Extremely creative and passionate, Henri Demarquette is involved in many parallel projects. In 2014 he performed in an eclectic programme with music from Bach to Galliano in a duet with the French accordionist Richard Galliano, and premiered Contrastes for accordion, cello and orchestra with Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie. That same year, together with L’Ensemble Vocal Sequenza 9.3., he created “Vocello", an original ensemble for cello and a cappella choir conducted by Catherine Simonpietri.
Three years later, he premiered Michel Legrand’s Cello Concerto and recorded it for Sony with Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and Mikko Franck.
His natural curiosity drives him to regularly perform contemporary music and to work closely with composers including Olivier Greif (Durch Adams Fall Concerto), Pascal Zavaro (Concerto), Eric Tanguy (Nocturne), Florentine Mulsant (Sonata), and Alexandre Gasparov (Nocturne).
His performance of Henri Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain concerto with Musikalische Akademie des Nationaltheater-Orchesters Mannheim under Frédéric Chaslin and was filmed by France Europe Média in 2016.
Henri Demarquette plays the "le Vaslin” cello, manufactured by Stradivarius in 1725 and lent by LVMH/ Moët Henessy Louis Vuitton, with a Persois bow dated 1820.