Argentinean guitarist Pablo Márquez is considered today as one of the most accomplished and versatile virtuosi of his instrument. An outstanding interpreter of contemporary music, who collaborates regularly with groups such as the Ensemble Intercontemporain, he is equally at home in the Argentine traditional music, as well as with the classical repertoire from the Renaissance to the present days.
Pablo Márquez was born in the northwest of Argentina and studied guitar with Jorge Martinez Zaráte and Eduardo Fernández before training in Early Music with Javier Hinojosa and conducting with Eric Sobzyck in Europe. After early successes in the most important music competitions (Radio France, Villa-Lobos in Brazil, Geneva and Munich), Márquez embarked on a free-lance career that led to encounters with several remarkable musicians. Important influences on his subsequent artistic formation were the teachings of Hungarian pianist György Sebök and the contact with Dino Saluzzi whom Márquez approached to rediscover his own roots in Argentine music. Among Márquez’ musical partners are bandoneonist Dino Saluzzi and his family group, cellists Anne Gastinel and Anja Lechner, flutist Mario Caroli, the Rosamunde Quartett, as well as the Ensemble AlmaViva, founded by Márquez himself, which champions the Latin-American chamber music repertoire. His continuous commitment to contemporary music has led to several first performances and to close collaborations with composers such as Luciano Berio, György Kurtág and Mauricio Kagel.
He plays in the most important musical centres and festivals (Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Toranomon Hall in Tokyo, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Herkulessaal in Munich, Festival Ultraschall in Berlin, Aix-en-Provence Festival, International Festival in Macao, Quincena Musical de San Sebastián…) in recital as well as a soloist with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonic Orchestra, the Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonie, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Plural Ensemble, among others, under the baton of Josep Pons, Susanna Mälkki, Mark Foster, Fabián Panisello and others.
His recordings for ECM New Series, Kairos and Naïve has been awarded with the Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, the Amadeus Prize, the RTL Classique d’Or, and were nominated as best Early Music recording of 2007 by the Neue Musik Zeitung (Narváez), and Best Classical Recording of the Year by Readings in Australia (Narváez).
Pablo Márquez is currently teaching guitar at the Basel Musik-Akademie.