Malta International Music Festival



15 June - 13 July 2022


Orchestra Filarmonica Pugliese

Claudio Bohórquezcello(Germany)

Mediterranean Conference Centre



The German-born cellist of Peruvian-Uruguayan descent is one of the most sought-after musicians in his field. As a student of Boris Pergamenschikow, Claudio Bohórquez achieved success at an early age at international competitions such as the Tschaikowsky Youth Competition in Moscow and the Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris. This culminated in 2000 with 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, an achievement that marked the start of his career as a soloist. Meanwhile he has become a teacher himself: from 2011 to 2016 he was professor at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, in September 2016 he was appointed to the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin, where he has been a guest professor since 2003. 

Among others, Claudio Bohórquez has performed with almost all German radio orchestras, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Collegium Musicum Basel, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In Japan, he performs with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. In the US, Claudio Bohórquez recently gave concerts with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Renowned conductors Claudio Bohórquez has worked with include Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Sir Neville Marriner, Eiji Oue, Krzysztof Penderecki, Leonard Slatkin, Tugan Sokhiev, Lothar Zagrosek and David Zinman.

Claudio Bohórquez is a guest at numerous festivals. Among them are the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the City of London Festival, the Penderecki Festival in Warsaw and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. Appearances in the United States have included performances at the Tanglewood, Ravinia and Aspen Festival as well as the Hollywood Bowl. He participated in the chamber music festival Lockenhaus in Austria and at Gidon Kremer's festival "Les Musiques" in Basel. As a passionate chamber musician, he has performed together with Jörg Widmann in Bilbao/Madrid, and with Viviane Hagner and Jonathan Gilad at the Beethoven Marathon at Konzerthaus Berlin.

The past seasons have led the artist to many festivals, including: a. to the Rheingau Music Festival with the Columbian Youth Philharmonic under Andrés Orozco-Estrada, to the Dresden Music Festival with a Chamber Music Project together with the violinist Philippe Quint and the pianist Boris Giltburg, to the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Rheingau Music Festival. The upcoming season includes, among others, the Elbphilharmonie debut on November 8, 2018 and an Elgar cello concert with the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg on February 15, 2019.

In addition to numerous CD recordings, radio recordings and television appearances Claudio Bohórquez worked as an interpreter for the soundtrack of Paul English by to the film "Ten Minutes Older - The Cello", which was shown in theaters worldwide. Together with the painter Klaus-Peter Kirchner, Claudio Bohórquez developed the installation project "Raum für Pablo Casals" in homage to this great cellist. He was part of the ECHO-winning album "Four Seasons" (2017) of Daniel Hope, released by Deutsche Grammophon. In July 2018 Berlin Classics will release a new CD with the sonatas of Johannes Brahms and some bonus tracks together with Claudio Bohórquez's duo partner Péter Nagy.

Since the season 2017/18 Claudio Bohórquez is Artistic Director of the Festival Winnenden.

Orchestra Filarmonica Pugliese

The Philharmonic Orchestra of Apulia (OFP from the Italian Orchestra Filarmonica Pugliese), born in Molfetta (Bari) in 2013 and immediately sponsored by the Region, the only “Class A Instrumental Complex” recognized by the FUS in Puglia, has performed in the most important theaters and places of cultural interest in the cities of Bari, Brindisi, Lecce, Foggia and in the main municipalities of the BAT, crossing the regional borders to be particularly appreciated in April 2019 at the Teatro Argentina in Rome. The sparkling OFP team is permanently on the billboards of the major local Bodies and Foundations, sponsored by MIBACT: CIDIM (Italian National Music Committee), Pugliese Public Theater, Curci Culture and Music Association of Barletta, Camerata Musicale Salentina in Lecce (LE), Fondazione Nuovo Verdi Theater of Brindisi (BR), VM Foundation Valente di Molfetta (BA), Auditorium Association of Castellana Grotte (BA), Aldo Ciccolini Academy Foundation of Trani (BAT), “Nino Rota” Association of Brindisi; broadcast live concerts for RAICinema and the Italian Cultural Institute in Amsterdam and received the patronage of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia for the "Gran Galà Beethoven" project for the cycle of concertos for piano and orchestra composed by the genius of Bonn.


OFP has collaborated with renowned musicians as Giuseppe Gibboni, Corrado Giuffredi, Pierluigi Camicia, Maria Pia Piscitelli, Nicola Hansalik Samale, Pietro Brogonovo, Marco Misciagna, Alfonso Soldano, Evgeny Starodubstev, Fabrizio Dorsi, Giuseppe La Malfa, Roberto Corlianò, Francesco Defronzo, Sklodowsky Bartosz, Anna Geniushene, Mai Koshio, Stefania Argentieri, Leonardo Colafelice, but also with non-classical artists such as Ronn Moss, Stef Burns, Andrea Braido and Gianni Ciardo.

He already has 5 recordings to his credit, the last and most important, with soloists Giovanna Buccarella (cello) and Francesco Diodovich (guitar), Giovanni Minafra (director), for the prestigious Stradivarius label, Radio RAI went live during the program "Primo Movimento".

In August 2019 the OFP was the creator and protagonist of the “Sol dell’Alba” event, the most important concert at dawn, in terms of numbers and artistic quality, on the entire Italian East coast. Given the extraordinary success of the pilot edition, the “Sol dell’Alba” format, created in collaboration with MAG Communication, has reached its third edition and there is already great anticipation for that of 2022. The OFP makes use of the talented baton of Giovanni Minafra, permanent conductor of the orchestra since its foundation, and the artistic direction of Giacomo Piepoli.


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