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As a student of Boris Pergamenschikow, Claudio Bohórquez achieved early success in international competitions. In 2000, at the International Pablo Casals Competition held by Kronberg Academy, he not only won both the Grand Prix and the special award for best chamber music interpretation, but also a two-year loan of Pablo Casals’s Gofriller cello presented by Marta Casals Istomin.

As a soloist, Bohórquez performs with almost all the major European, Japanese and American orchestras, working with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Sir Neville Marriner, Eiji Oue, Krzysztof Penderecki, Leonard Slatkin, Tugan Sokhiev, Lothar Zagrosek and David Zinman. His performances at numerous festivals, such as the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the City of London Festival, the Krysztof Penderecki Festival in Warsaw, Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, Gidon Kremer’s “les muséiques” festival in Basel and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, demonstrate that he is also a master of the chamber music genre. He has appeared at the Tanglewood, Ravinia and Aspen festivals in the US, as well as at the Hollywood Bowl.

Claudio Bohórquez was a professor at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart for five years before being called to a post at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. Alongside a great many CD recordings, radio broadcasts and television appearances, Bohórquez performed on Paul English’s soundtrack for the film “Ten Minutes Older: The Cello”, which was screened in cinemas worldwide. He also developed the “Raum für Pablo Casals” installation project together with painter Klaus-Peter Kirchner. In addition, his collaboration with Daniel Hope produced the ECHO-winning CD “Four Seasons” (2017) under Deutsche Grammophon. Bohórquez has been Artistic Director of the Schlosskonzerte und Konzerttage Winnenden since the 2017/18 season. He plays a cello made by G B Rogeri loaned to him by the Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg.