Clara Andrada and Ramón Ortega Quero, new artists

Carlos Marén Artists is delighted to announce two new Spanish artists, oboist Ramón Ortega Quero and flutist Clara Andrada, who has just joined the roster of our agency.

Thus, CMA remains committed to musical excellence through young Spanish talents. Both musicians are soloists in two of the most renowned German orchestras, Bayerischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester (Ramón Ortega Quero), and Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester in the case of the flutist. Both share, despite his youth, a long and successful career as soloists and chamber musicians. They had played on the most important stages of the world, with the most renowned conductors (Valery Gergiev, Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, etc.).

Ramón and Clara joins the extraordinary list of instrumentalist of Carlos Marén Artists: Jorge Monte de Fez (principal horn at the Orchestra Filarmonica Teatro alla Scala Milano), the laureate violinist Ana María Valderrama, the guitar player Vicente Coves, Jussen brothers (who will play shortly the Poulenc double piano concert with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), and Rosa Torres-Pardo, one of the greatest Spanish pianists.

RAMÓN ORTEGA QUERO

The two-time ECHO Award winner Ramon Ortega Quero is recognized around the world as one of the most promising musicians of his generation.

He received solid training from Miguel Quirós early on at the conservatory of his native city of Granada. Quero became a member of the Andalusian Youth Orchestra as a twelve-year-old. In 2003, the oboist cleared an important hurdle when conductor 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 act 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 thoroughly impressed by the inspiration and flawless play of the prize-winning soloist in both compulsory and optional pieces, including the Mozart and Richard Strauss concertos.

The ARD Competition has paved the way for Ramón Ortega Quero as a soloist. During the past seasons he appeared, among others, with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, MDR Sinfonieorchester, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchester, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Sao Paulo Symphony. With different chamber music partners (Elena Bashkirova, Kit Armstrong, Mitsuko Uchida), 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. Among his partners are such renowned musicians as Janine Jansen, Guy Braunstein and Tabea Zimmermann.

Since Spring 2008, he is also Principal Oboe of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under its Principal Conductor Mariss Jansons and is working with worldknown conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Colin Davies, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Bernhard Haitink.

The 2010/11 season was highly effected by his nomination as a “Rising Star”by the “European Concert Hall Organisation”, which lead him to the most important concert halls in Europe (Brussels, Luxembourg, Vienna, Salzburg, Hamburg, Amsterdam).

Parallel to this tour, his debut CD “Shadows” was released at the label Solo Musica in October 2010 and was awarded with the “ECHO KLASSIK” as “Newcomer of theYear” in October 2011. In September 2011 his new CD, recorded with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, was released at the Label Genuin. In October 2012, he was awarded with his second ECHO Klassik award which he received together with his colleagues Sebastian Manz, Marc Trenel, David Alonso Fernandez and Herbert Schuch for the “Chamber Music recording of the year”. In the same year the CD „The Romantic Oboist“, with the pianist Kateryna Titova, was released at Genuin. In 2015 he will release his new CD at the Label Edel.

Performance highlights in season 2014/15 will include concerts at Konzerthaus Dortmund, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Beethovenhaus Bonn, at Istanbul and Bilbao. Among others he will play with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Hamburg Symphonic Orchestra as well as celebrate the debut of a commissioned piece written for him on an extensive Tour with the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ramón Ortega Quero is a fellowship award-winner of the Borletti Buitoni Trust London.

CLARA ANDRADA

Born in Salamanca in 1982, she commenced her musical studies with Pablo Sagredo and Magdalena Martínez at the Syrinx School of Music.
Scholarships from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the London Wall Trust Foundation enabled her to continue her studies at Geneva’s Conservatoire de Musique under Prof. Emmanuel Pahud and Prof. José-Daniel Castellon as well as the London Royal College of Music under the guidance of Jaime Martín, where she obtained the Degree of Bachelor of Music with Honours (First Class) and the Postgraduate Degree in Performance with Distinction. She performs her orchestral training at the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, European Union Youth Orchestra (where she obtained the Mick Baines Prize in 2004) and the “Encuentros de Música y Academia” in Santander.

Clara Andrada has been performing with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 2005 and has been invited to become the COE’s Principal Flute in 2011. Clara is one of the leading Flute players of her generation currently also holding a Solo Flute position in the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. As a Principal Flute player she has worked with many leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Asian Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker under esteemed conductors including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lorin Maazel, etc.

She has appeared as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica Ciudad de México, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and with the Symphony Orchestra of Castilla & León, with whom she recorded her first CD of Flute concertos by Spanish and South American composers.

She is an active Chamber musician, performing regularly as a member of the Hindemith Wind Quintet as well as various other ensembles including the Auryn Quartet“, Miró Wind Quintet, Plural Ensemble, Trio Arbós and the Dúo Neopercusión, among others. She has played in prestigious festivals, such as Mondsee Musiktage, Fürtensaal Classix, International Kammermusik Festival Utrecht, Heimbach Spannungen, Festival de Alicante, etc.

Clara Andrada de la Calle has given masterclasses at the Royal College of Music (London), the Buchmann Mehta School of Music (Tel Aviv), at the Conservatoires in Valencia, Badajoz and Salamanca, worked as a coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Barcelona (JONC) and the National Spanish Youth Orchestra (JONDE) and held the position of Flute Professor at the “Centro Superior de Musica” at the Musikene Conservatory (Basque Country).

Ramón Ortega Quero © Steven Haberland
Clara Andrada de la Calle

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