Ramón Ortega Quero
1st Principal Oboe
The two-time ECHO Award winner Ramon Ortega Quero is recognized around the world as one of the most promising musicians of his generation.
He received solid training from Miguel Quirós early on at the conservatory of his native city of Granada. Quero became a member of the Andalusian Youth Orchestra as a twelve-year-old. In 2003, the oboist cleared an important hurdle when conductor Daniel Barenboim accepted him as a member of the East-West Divan Orchestra. Since joining the orchestra, Ramón Ortega Quero has remained an enthusiastic member in rehearsal and at many concert appearances. Gregor Witt, Principal Oboe of Barenboim’s Berliner Staatskapelle, took the gifted young man under his wing and act as a mentor in his artistic development.
One of Ramón Ortega Quero’s finest hours was winning First Prize at the ARD Music Competition held in Munich in September 2007. Members of the jury were thoroughly impressed by the inspiration and flawless play of the prize-winning soloist in both compulsory and optional pieces, including the Mozart and Richard Strauss concertos. The ARD Competition has paved the way for Ramón Ortega Quero as a soloist.
During the past seasons he appeared, among others, with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, MDR Sinfonieorchester, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchester, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Sao Paulo Symphony. With different chamber music partners (Elena Bashkirova, Kit Armstrong, Mitsuko Uchida), he played in the concert series in Frankfurt, Berlin, Hanover, Valencia, Cologne, Vancouver and at the international festivals in Gstaad, Jerusalem, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Lucerne Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Rheingau Musikfestival. Among his partners are such renowned musicians as Janine Jansen, Guy Braunstein and Tabea Zimmermann.
Since Spring 2008, he is also Principal Oboe of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under its Principal Conductor Mariss Jansons and is working with worldknown conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Colin Davies, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Bernhard Haitink.
The 2010/11 season was highly effected by his nomination as a “Rising Star”by the “European Concert Hall Organisation”, which lead him to the most important concert halls in Europe (Brussels, Luxembourg, Vienna, Salzburg, Hamburg, Amsterdam). Parallel to this tour, his debut CD “Shadows” was released at the label Solo Musica in October 2010 and was awarded with the “ECHO KLASSIK” as “Newcomer of the Year” in October 2011. In September 2011 his new CD, recorded with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, was released at the Label Genuin. In October 2012, he was awarded with his second ECHO Klassik award which he received together with his colleagues Sebastian Manz, Marc Trenel, David Alonso Fernandez and Herbert Schuch for the “Chamber Music recording of the year”. In the same year the CD „The Romantic Oboist“, with the pianist Kateryna Titova, was released at Genuin. In 2015 he will record his new CD at the Label Edel.
Performance highlights in season 2014/15 will include concerts at Konzerthaus Dortmund, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Beethovenhaus Bonn, at Istanbul and Bilbao. Among others he will play with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Hamburg Symphonic Orchestra as well as celebrate the debut of a commissioned piece written for him on an extensive Tour with the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ramón Ortega Quero is a fellowship award-winner of the Borletti Buitoni Trust London.