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. He played “unforgettably and excellent” and his interpretation of the Lalo Cello concert was “the most beautiful I have ever heard”, wrote a Washington Post critic. In the 2012/2013 season Claudio 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 Claudio 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 performed with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, almost all of the German Radio Orchestras, the Württembergischen Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Collegium Musicum Basel, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre de Toulouse, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. In Japan he has appeared with both the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. In the United States he has recently performed concerts with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Renowned conductors with whom Claudio Bohórquez has worked include Daniel Barenboim, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jonathan Darlington, Thomas Dausgaard, Christoph Eschenbach, Hans Graf, Ruben Gazarian, Manfred Honeck, Yakov Kreizberg, Sir Neville Marriner, Eiji Oue, Krzysztof Penderecki, Leonard Slatkin, Tugan Sokhiev, Lothar Zagrosek and David Zinman.
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. As a passionate chamber musician he has performed together with Katia Skanavi and Jörg Widmann in Bilbao/Madrid, and with Viviane Hagner and Jonathan Gilad at the Beethoven Marathon at Konzerthaus Berlin.
The past season brought the artist to many festivals, u. a. to the Rheingau Festival with the Columbian Youth Philharmonic under Andrés Orozco-Estrada, to the Dresden Music Festival performing together with violinist Philippe Quint and pianist Boris Giltburg, as well as to the Schleswig-Holstein Festival with Daniel Hope and other chamber music partners.
The current season includes re-invitations to the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Rheingau Festival.
In addition to numerous CD recordings, radio recordings and television appearances Claudio Bohórquez performed on Paul Englishby’s soundtrack of the film “Ten Minutes Older – The Cello”, which was seen in cinemas around the world. Claudio 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.
He was part of the ECHO-winning album “Four Seasons” (2017) of Daniel Hope, released by Deutsche Grammophon.
Since the season 2017/18 Claudio Bohórquez is Artistic Director of the Festival Winnenden.
Claudio Bohórquez plays a G. B. Rogeri violoncello presented to him by the Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg.
The first prize in the 1979 Hungarian Radio Competition launched pianist Péter Nagy into a remarkable international career at a young age. Nagy had been admitted at the age of eight to the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and at the age of eleven he won the second prize of the International Concours in Usti nad Labem (Czechoslovakia). In 1980 he was acclaimed at the Bordeaux Festival of Young Soloists and on the Bratislava International Rostrum for Young Interpreters.
Nagy’s concerts include tours throughout Europe, performing concertos and solo recitals in Finland, Germany, Greece, Russia, throughout the former Soviet Union, France (where he has performed at the Louvre in Paris), and London (notably at Wigmore Hall), as well as many other engagements. He has given recitals at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Sydney Opera House, in New Zealand and throughout Japan. Among his concerto engagements in Japan are appearances as a soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician Péter Nagy has performed at major music festivals in Europe, the United States and Japan. He regularly collaborates with partners such as the New Zealand String Quartet, Biava String Quartet, Chiara String Quartet, Zoltán Kocsis, László Polgár, Miklós Perényi, Leonidas Kavakos, the St Lawrence String Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Boris Pergamenschikow, Charles Neidich, Nobuko Imai, Nathalian Rosen, Jan Vogler, Tanja Becker-Bender, Hakan Rosengren, Ruggiero Ricci, Bruno Giuranna, Frans Helmerson and Colin Carr, to name a few.
Péter Nagy is also active as a teacher, holding positions as professor of piano at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart. He has been regularly invited to give masterclasses at the Liszt Hochschule für Musik in Weimar. Recent achievements include a performance of Ligeti’s Piano Concerto in Budapest. In 2001 he received the prestigious Liszt Award.