The Colburn Conservatory of Music will welcome a new faculty member this fall: oboist Ramón Ortega. A native of Granada, Spain, he is recognized around the world as one of the most promising musicians of his generation and is currently Principal Oboe of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the incoming Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Prospective oboe students have until February 1 to apply to study with Ortega in the 2018–19 academic year. Auditions will be held in Los Angeles on April 9 and May 25. Visit colburnschool.edu/apply for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact the admissions office.
About Ramón Ortega
A native of Granada, Spain, Ramón Ortega is recognized around the world as one of the most promising musicians of his generation. During the 2017–18 season, Ortega performed in Spain with Orquestra de Extremadura and Orquestra de Castilla y León; performed with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; and toured throughout the Netherlands with Philharmony Zuidnederland. Ortega is also a member of and on tour with the wind quartet variation5, whose self-titled album was released on Berlin Classics (Edel).
Ortega received training from Miguel Quirós at the conservatory in Granada, and became a member of the Andalusian Youth Orchestra when he was twelve years old. In 2003, Ortega reached an important milestone when conductor Daniel Barenboim accepted him as a member of the East-West Divan Orchestra. One of Ramón Ortega’s most pivotal moments was winning first prize at the ARD Music Competition, the largest international classical music competition in Germany, in September 2007, paving the way for his career as a soloist.
Since spring 2008, Ortega has been the Principal Oboe of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under its Principal Conductor Mariss Jansons. In fall 2018, Ortega will take over as the Principal Oboe at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ortega has also worked with renowned conductors Riccardo Muti, Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Colin Davies, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Bernhard Haitink.
Ortega has appeared with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, MDR Sinfonieorchester, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchester, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Sao Paulo Symphony, among others. He has also given chamber music performances in Vienna, Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hanover, Valencia, Cologne, and Vancouver, and at international festivals in Gstaad, Jerusalem, as well as the Heidelberger Frühling, the Lucerne Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Rheingau Musik Festival.
During the 2010–11 season, Ortega was nominated as a Rising Star by the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO), and performed on ECHO’s Rising Stars Series throughout concert halls in Brussels, Luxembourg, Vienna, Salzburg, Hamburg, and Amsterdam. Parallel to this tour, his debut CD Shadows was released (Solo Musica) and was awarded the Echo Klassik for Newcomer of the Year. In October 2012, he was awarded his second Echo Klassik, which he received together with his colleagues Sebastian Manz, Marc Trenel, David Alonso Fernandez and Herbert Schuch, for Chamber Music Recording of the Year. In the same year, Ortega released The Romantic Oboist, (Genuin) with pianist Kateryna Titova. In 2015 his solo album Bach: New Oboe Sonatas (EDEL) was released. Ramón Ortega is a fellowship award-winner of the Borletti Buitoni Trust London.