Raphael Paratore – Vita

Raphael Paratore was born into a musical family in Munich in 1992. He started taking cello lessons at the age of four and piano lessons at the age of six. As a pre-college student, he studied with Prof. Peter Bruns in Leipzig, from 2011-2016 he had been studying with Prof. Claudio Bohorquez in Stuttgart. In 2014 he was enrolled as a student of Prof. Reinhard Latzko at the University for Music in Vienna in the Erasmus program and since 2016 he is studying with Prof. Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt in Weimar. In April 2011 he graduated from the Pestalozzi Gymnasium in Munich.

He took part in various masterclasses with Prof. Troels Svane, Prof. Laszlo Fenyo, Prof. Wolfgang Boettcher and Prof. David Geringas. He also participated at well-known academies, such as the Cello Academy Rutesheim, Carl Flesch Academy, Kronberg Academy, ProQuartet Academy, Académie de Musica Villecroze and MISQA. In the chamber music field he has worked with e.g. Miguel da Silva, Heime Müller, Eberhard Feltz and Alfred Brendel.

Since 2014, as cellist of the Goldmund Quartet, he studies in the class of Prof. Günter Pichler at the Instituto Internacional de Musica de Camara de Madrid and with Prof. Gerhard Schulz in Stuttgart.

Raphael is first prize winner at the national competition „Jugend musiziert“ in Germany, where he also won a special award from the Bertold Hummel foundation. He was a prize winner of the International Cello Competition 2008 in Liezen/Austria, the International Competition for Degenerate Music in Schwerin/Germany and in 2012 he won the first prize at the Lions Club Music Competition in Stuttgart/Germany.

As a member of the Goldmund Quartet he won the first prize at the Gasteig Competition 2013 in Munich. In 2014 they were prizewinners of the International August-Everding Music Competition in Munich, where they also won the audience prize, and they won the first prize at the International Schoenfeld Competition in Harbin, China. In 2015 the quartet was awarded with a scholarship of the „Deutsche Musikwettbewerbs“ and was accepted to the 60th „Bundesauswahl Konzerte junger Künstler“.

Raphael has received scholarships from the Bavarian foundation for talented students, from the society of the Music Conservatory in Stuttgart and the Theodor-Rögler foundation. Since 2011 he is a scholarship recipient of the Yehudi Menuhin „Live Music Now“ society, since 2012 of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and TONALI and since 2014 of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.

Aside from his main activity as cellist of the Goldmund Quartet, he regularly performs in various chamber music formations, e.g. in a Duo with pianist Verena Metzger or in a piano trio with violinist Philipp Wollheim. Concerts have also brought him together with Christoph Poppen, Christopher Park, Frank Dupree, Peter Buck, Stefan Fehlandt and Arabella Steinbacher.

He has performed at leading festivals, such as Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, International Music Festival Granada and Kronberg Academy Festival „Cello Plus“.

Concerts have been broadcasted by the SWR, NDR, BR and the ARD.
Raphael also recorded several main soundtracks for the film composer Marius Ruhland. As a participant of the Tonali Grand Prix 2012, he can be seen in the movie „Ciao Cello“. Concerts have led him throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, USA, Russia and China.
He has appeared as a soloist with the the Neue Philharmonie München, the Budweis Philharmonic Orchestra and the Southwest-German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim among others.

2013 he founded the project „That’s Music!“, with which he brings classical music to young school students and shows them how to understand and enjoy classical music.

Last update: June 2016