With his first prize win in December 2000 at the International Geneva Competition, Rafael Rosenfeld firmly established his reputation as one of Europe’s most exciting cellists. He has toured Europe as a soloist including performances with orchestras like the SWR Stuttgart, Rotterdam Philharmonic in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Orchestra de la Suisse Romande and Zürich Chamber Orchestra.
Rafael Rosenfeld received his musical education at the Zürich Conservatory and Lübeck College of Music, where his cello professors were Walter Grimmer and David Geringas respectively. Further inspiration came through world-acclaimed musicians like András Schiff, Steven Isserlis, Sandor Végh, Bernard Greenhouse and György Kurtág.
Rafael Rosenfeld has followed invitations to important festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Ittinger Whitsun Concerts, Zürcher Festspiele and Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove. In 1995, Rafael Rosenfeld became the principal cellist of the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the ensemble’s youngest member. In addition, he is a member of Andras Schiff’s chamber orchestra Cappella Andrea Barca. Since 2002, his focus has been on exploring the string quartet literature with the Merel Quartet.
Rafael Rosenfeld is a professor of cello at the Basel Music Academy.
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Rafael is one of the tutors for the East Neuk Festival Retreat, and will be performing in the 2017 Retreat concerts alongside the participants.
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