Born in 1962, Patrick Demenga studied at the Bern Conservatory, in Cologne with Boris Pergamenschikow as well as with Harvey Shapiro in New York and is one of today`s most sought after cellists. He appears regularly at the most renowed festivals and music centres throughout Europe, South Africa, the U.S., Canada, South America, Australia and Asia. He frequently collaborates with musical personalities such as Heinz Holliger, Mario Venzago, Dennis Russel Davies, Leif Segerstam, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Howard Griffith, Christoph Poppen, Leonidas Kavakos, Alexander Lonquich, Isabelle Faust, Natalia Gutman, and many others, as well as with orchestras like the Zurich Tonhalle Orchester, Symphonieorchester Basel, RSO Vienna, Camerata Bern, Münchner Kammerorchester, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Kremerata Baltica, Ensemble Modern etc. His many radio and television recordings as well as numerous LPs and CDs (Novalis, Accord Musidisc, ECM, Sony Classical), have made him known to the international public. He has premiered works by composers such as Isang Yun, Gerhard Schedl, Heinz Holliger and many others. Patrick Demenga teaches a concert class at the Lausanne Conservatory and also teaches at diverse international master-classes. For several years, he directed the cello festival Viva Cello in Liestal/Basel. He is artistic director of the Vier Jahreszeiten-Konzerte in Blumenstein near Berne, and of the Musikfestwoche Meiringen. Patrick Demenga obtained the award «Der Goldene Bogen» (Golden bow) in 2001. As a musician, Patrick Demenga is keen to move in the field of tension around great composers – great works and contemporary music. It is precisely in this constellation that he senses the arousal of the musical debate and where he finds his exceptional expressive strength.