Pablo Márquez

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The Argentinean guitarist Pablo Márquez is considered today as one of the most accomplished and versatile virtuosi of his instrument. Outstanding interpreter of contemporary music, who collaborates regularly with groups such as the Ensemble Intercontemporain, he is equally acclaimed for his passionated and equilibrated versions of the historical masterpieces as well as the Argentine traditional music.

He started his guitar studies at the age of 10, and three years later he gave his first performance with orchestra in Salta, the city in the Northwest of Argentina where he grew up and received his first training. He then studied in Buenos Aires with Jorge Martínez Zárate and Eduardo Fernández. His student period came brillanty to an end with the unanimous First prizes at the Villa-Lobos and Radio France international competitions in Rio de Janeiro and Paris respectively. The later prizes at the Geneva and Munich competitions confirmed his outstanding and rare artistry. As complete musician, he studied conducting with Eric Sobzyck, Rodolfo Fischer and Peter Eötvös, and followed the teaching of the legendary pianist György Sebök, who made on him the most profound and lasting impression.

His career evolves in more than 40 countries, being acclaimed at the most prestigious halls (e.g., Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, Herkulessaal in Munich, National Recital Hall in Taipei, Théâtre du Châtelet and Opéra Comique in Paris), as well as great festivals (e.g., Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Ultraschall in Berlin, Musica in Strasbourg, San Sebastián...). He established fruitful collaborations with Anja Lechner and Anne Gastinel, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the Rosamunde Quartett of Munich, Dino Saluzzi, Maria Cristina Kiehr and Mario Caroli. He is regularly invited to perform as a soloist with great orchestras and ensembles (e.g., Bayerische Rundfunk of Munich, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne de Montreal, Plural Ensemble of Madrid), under de baton of Josep Pons, Susanna Mälkki, Lorraine Vaillancourt, Mark Foster, Pavel Baleff, Fabián Panisello and others.

His continuous commitment to contemporary music has led to several first performances and to close collaborations with the greatest composers of our time such as Luciano Berio, György Kurtág and Mauricio Kagel. Pierre Boulez invited him to play Berio’ Sequenza XI for the 70th birthday celebrations of the Italian composer. Zad Moultaka, Félix Ibarrondo, Ramón Lazkano, Javier Torres Maldonado, Ahmed Essyad, Arthur Kampela, Oscar Strasnoy, Fuminori Tanada and Atanas Ourkouzounov, among others, wrote pieces for him.

His recordings for ECM New Series, Naïve and Kairos received many prizes such as the Grand Prix du Disque of the Académie Charles Cros, the Italian Amadeus Prize, the RTL Classique d’Or, and were designed as Best Early Music recording by the Neue Musik Zeitung in Germany and Best Classical Music recording of the year by Readings in Australia.

Pablo Márquez is Professor at the Musik-Akademie of Basel. He received in Buenos Aires the Konex Prize for his career and he is since 2006 Honorary Citizen of the City of Salta.

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