Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
With a discography of over 70 CDs and concert appearances with many of the world's greatest orchestras and conductors, Raphael Wallfisch is at the height of his powers as a performer. Combining a masterful technique with a soaring, singing sound that evokes a tradition continued from his teacher, Piatigorsky, he ranks among the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage.
Most recently he has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony, Vancouver Symphony Budapest Festival Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony as well as the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orceshtra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic and many others.
A popular visitor to major music festivals worldwide, he has played at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh International, Aldeburgh, Spoleto, Prades, Bergen International, Montpellier, Pablo Casals, Wratislavia Cantans and Schleswig-Holstein Festivals.
Perhaps more than any other cellist Raphael has championed British music, releasing critically-acclaimed recordings of works by MacMillan, Finzi, Delius, Bax, Bliss, Britten, Moeran and Leighton. Many of Britain's leading composers have worked closely with Raphael Wallfisch, several having written works especially for him. These include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kenneth Leighton, James MacMillan, Paul Patterson, Robert Simpson and Sir John Tavener.
Raphael Wallfisch's extensive discography encompasses recordings of both the mainstream concerto repertoire – many widely considered to be benchmark performances - and countless lesser-known works by Dohnanyi, Respighi, and Martinu, as well as Richard Strauss, Dvorak, Kabalevsky and Khachaturian.
Raphael Wallfisch plays the "Ex Romberg"-Cello by Domenico Montagnana from 1733.