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CLAUDIO BOHÓRQUEZ, descent of Peruvian and Uruguayan ancestors, has been hailed as one of the most exciting and fascinating musicians of his generation by conductors, audiences, concert presenters, and critics alike. His recent tour with the National Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach with concerts in Washington and Latin America was a huge success. In the 2012/2013 season Bohórquez was able to display his talent as chamber musician: he appeared in Madrid and Bilbao together with Jörg Widmann and Katia Skanavi and performed piano trios by Beethoven with Viviane Hagner and Jonathan Gilad during the Beethoven Marathon at Konzerthaus Berlin.
As a student of Boris Pergamenschikow, Claudio Bohórquez achieved success at an early age at international competitions such as the Tschaikowsky Youth Competition in Moscow and the Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris. This culminated in 2000 with three awards at the first International Pablo Casals Competition held under the auspices of the Kronberg Academy: Marta Casals Istomin presented Bohórquez with first prize, a special award for the best chamber music, and also the use of Casals’ Gofriller cello for a period of two years. He also won first prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva, an achievement that marked the start of his career as a soloist. Meanwhile he has become a teacher himself: since 2003 he is guest professor at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and was appointed as Professor at the Stuttgart Music Academy in autumn 2011.
Claudio Bohórquez has been invited to numerous festivals as a guest performer, including the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the City of London Festival, the Penderecki Festival in Warsaw and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. Appearances in the United States have included performances at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Aspen festivals, and the Hollywood Bowl. He also took part in the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in Austria and Gidon Kremer’s “Les Musiques” festival in Basel.
Highlights of the season 2014/15 will be several concerts in the U.S., and concerts in Finland with the Kymi Sinfonietta conducted by Andreas Delfs.
Besides several CD recordings, radio broadcasts, and television appearances, Bohórquez performed on Paul Englishby’s soundtrack for Ten Minutes Older - The Cello, which was seen in cinemas around the world. Bohórquez has also worked with artist Klaus-Peter Kirchner on Room for Pablo Casals, a work dedicated to the great cellist combining words, sounds, and images.
Claudio Bohórquez plays a G. B. Rogeri violoncello presented to him by the Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg.