Borletti-Buitoni Trust
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Ramón Ortega Quero
BBT Fellowship 2010

Ramón Ortega Quero - Biography

Ramón Ortega Quero received a BBT Fellowship in 2010.  This page was last updated in December 2012.  For up to date materials, please visit

Ramón Ortega Quero is recognized as one of the most promising musicians of his generation. In 2003, 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 acted 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 impressed by the inspiration and flawless playing in both the Mozart and Richard Strauss concertos. During the past seasons he appeared, among others, with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, MDR Sinfonieorchester, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchester, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam and Sao Paulo Symphony. With different chamber music partners 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. Since Spring 2008, he has also been Principal Oboe of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under its Principal Conductor Mariss Jansons and is working with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Colin Davies, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Bernhard Haitink.  As an ECHO “Rising Star”, during the 2010/11 season he performedn in the most important concert halls in Europe. His debut CD “Shadows” was released on Solo Musica in October 2010 and was awarded with the ECHO Klassik as Newcomer of the Year. His second CD with Kammerakademie Potsdam on Genuin was awarded Chamber Music recording of the year in October 2012.  Highlights in 2012/13 include concerts at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Vienna, Philharmonie Essen, Konzerthaus Dortmund, BASF Ludwigshafen as well as a number of recitals together with his pianist Kateryna Titova.

Thanks to the Borletti-Buitoni Trust my first recording “Shadows” became reality.  This means, I will never forget their support in such an important moment of my career – the beginning. I can just feel grateful and lucky that I got the BBT fellowship. It is a great encouragement for young musicians, the way they work and the freedom they give us to use their help in such an important moment!

Photographs by Irene Zandel