Ramón Ortega (1988) 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, Spain. In 2003, at just 15, the oboist cleared an important hurdle when conductor Daniel Barenboim accepted him as a member of the West-Eastern-Divan Orchestra, where he played as solo oboe for 10 years. Since 2004, he studied with Gregor Witt, principal oboe of Barenboim´s Staatskapelle Berlin, for four years.
One of Ramón Ortega’s finest hours was winning First Prize and ALL special prizes at the ARD Music Competition held in Munich in September 2007. A prize which wasn’t given to any oboist for 40 years (after Heinz Holliger and Maurice Bourgue) and which has been given only 3 times at the whole competition history up to date.
Since Spring 2008, he is Principal Oboe of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under its Principal Conductor Mariss Jansons, and is working with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Colin Davies, John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt or Bernhard Haitink.
As a soloist, he has appeared, among others, with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, MDR Sinfonieorchester, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony and the Sao Paulo Symphony.
Ramón is an avid chamber music player and has appeared in recent seasons in the concert series in Vienna, Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hanover, Madrid, Cologne, Vancouver and at the international festivals in Gstaad, Jerusalem, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Lucerne Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Rheingau Musik Festival with artists such as Elena Bashkirova, Kit Armstrong, Mitsuko Uchida, Marta Argerich, Janine Jansen, Guy Braunstein and Tabea Zimmermann, among many others.
In 2015 Ramón Ortega played the world premiere of the oboe concerto “Legacy,” which composer Oscar Navarro dedicated to him.
A performance highlight in season 2015/16 included his debut recital at Carnegie Hall in New York.
In season 2016/17 Ramón Ortega came back to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin conducted by Ivan Fischer and played concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow with the Scottish Chamber orchestra under conductor Robin Ticciati. Furthermore he’ll travel to Asia for concerts with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. The 2010/11 season was highly affected 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).
He has released six solo CDs featuring oboe concertos or recital programs so far for labels Berlin Classics/EDEL, Genuin and Solo Musica. Two of them were prized with the prestigious “ECHO KLASSIK” in Germany. (‘Newcomer of the Year’ in 2011 and ‘Chamber music recording of the year’ in 2012).
Ramón Ortega is a fellowship award-winner of the Borletti Buitoni Trust London and a guest professor of the Liceo Conservatory in Barcelona.