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 after his recent tour with the National Symphony Orchestra
A student of Boris Pergamenschikow, in 2000 he won 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.
Claudio Bohórquez has performed with most European orchestras. In Japan he has appeared with 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 D Barenboim, R. Frühbeck de Burgos, J. Darlington, T. Dausgaard, C. Dutoit, C. Eschenbach, H. Graf, R. Gazarian, M.Honeck, Y. Kreizberg, Sir N. Marriner, E. Oue, K. Penderecki, L. Slatkin, T. Sokhiev, L. Zagrosek and D. Zinman.
Claudio Bohórquez has been invited to numerous festivals as a guest performer.
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.
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 plays a G. B. Rogeri violoncello presented to him by the Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg.
photo: Neda Navaee