Rutesheim Special – Part 2: Claudio Bohórquez

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Today I present for you the second amazing episode from Rutesheim special. Rutesheim is a village in Germany where the Rutesheim cello festival is taking place every autumn right around my birthday. The applications have just been open for this year’s festival and what better way to celebrate this, than an interview from one of the eminent professors, Claudio Bohórquez. He is a soloist, a chamber musician, teacher and very good at table tennis. One of Rutesheim’s champions if you ask me. I was very nervous to ask him to participate in the podcast, I mean it is almost to good to be true that he said yes. He is not only an awesome cellist, he also has a warm personality.

Claudio studied with the legendary cellist Boris Pergamenschikow. On his way to become a great cellist he was successful in a lot of fantastic competitions like the Rostropovich competition in Paris, the Tchaikovsky youth competition and he achieved three awards in the Pablo Casals competition.   A competition that was under the roof of the Kronberg Academy. Marta Casals Istomin presented Claudio Bohórquez with the 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 started his career as a soloist.

Today he is part of the competitions as a member of the jury. He is also a professor and has taught at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart and is now appointed to teach at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin.

Claudio still wins a lot of prices and awards but these days for his CD recordings.

He has also recorded a soundtrack by Paul English to the film “Ten Minutes Older – The Cello”, which was shown in theatres worldwide.

He travels the world and plays as a soloist with orchestras like the Wiener Symphonic, Tokyo Philharmonic orchestra, Los Angeles Symphonic and many, many more.

He is a busy man, but we managed to get an interview with him and now we are going to listen to his latest release, the Cello sonata by Johannes Brahms with his friend and college on the piano Peter Nagy. Op 99 Sonata in F major Allegro Vivace, enjoy.