Biography

"... The Spanish oboist Ramón Ortega Quero was quite undoubtedly the highlight of the concert. He turned Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's 'Idillio' Concertino into an intimate rhapsody fraught with irony and imparted beautiful and splendid phrasing to the Oboe Concerto in D minor by the Italian Alessandro Marcello." (Die Welt)

Ramón Ortega Quero is today one of the world's most popular instrumentalists in his field. He received thorough early training from Miguel Quirós at the Conservatory of his native city of Granada. He was accepted into the Andalusian Youth Orchestra at the age of twelve. Being called to the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra by conductor Daniel Barenboim in 2003 was an important breakthrough for him. There, Ramón Ortega Quero performed enthusiastically at many rehearsals and concerts. Gregor Witt, solo oboist in Barenboim's Berlin Staatskapelle, took the highly talented young man under his wing and supervised his artistic career.


As soloist, the young Spaniard attracted international attention for the first time in September 2007, when he won first prize at the ARD Competition in Munich in both the compulsory and the free sections. The jurors were highly impressed at his inspired and immaculate interpretation of concertos by Mozart and Richard Strauss and other works.

Winning the competition levelled Ramón Ortega Quero's path to leading European venues. He has performed with numerous celebrated orchestras, including the Orchestra of the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, the NDR Radio Philharmonic of Hanover, the Basel Symphony, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Academy of Potsdam and the São Paulo Symphony.

In chamber groups, Elena Bashkirova, Kit Armstrong, Mitsuko Uchida, Herbert Schuch and Sebastian Manz have been among his partners and he has performed with them in the concert halls of Vienna, Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hanover, Valencia, Cologne and Vancouver, as well as at the Gstaad and Jerusalem international music festivals, the London Proms, the Lucerne Festival, the Heidelberg Spring Festival, the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Festival (at which he won the audience prize in 2013), the Würzburg Mozartfest and the Rheingau Music Festival. Ramón Ortega Quero has also partnered artists like Janine Jansen, Guy Braunstein and Tabea Zimmermann.

Since the spring of 2008, he has additionally been solo oboist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under principal conductor Mariss Jansons, and he regularly performs with the orchestra under such universally famous conductors as Riccardo Muti, Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Colin Davis, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Bernhard Haitink.

The European Concert Hall Organisation made him a "Rising Star" in the 2010/11 season, giving him access to the leading concert halls in Europe (in Brussels, Luxembourg, Vienna, Salzburg, Hamburg and Amsterdam among other cities), where he was enthusiastically received by audiences and press.

His debut album "Shadows" was given the ECHO Klassik award in 2011. A recording with the Chamber Academy of Potsdam followed. In 2012, together with his colleagues Sebastian Manz, Marc Trenel, David Alonso and Herbert Schuch, Ramón Ortega Quero once again received the ECHO Klassik award for the chamber-music recording of the year. His recording "The Romantic Oboist" with the pianist Kateryna Titova was released in the same year.

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