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Raphael Wallfisch

Cellist

Biography

British cellist Raphael Wallfisch made his Royal Ballet debut in 2013 in Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth, a performance he reprises in 2016.

Wallfisch was born in London to cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and pianist Peter Wallfisch. He studied at the University of Southern California and the Royal Academy of Music with Amaryllis Fleming, Amadeo Baldovino, Derek Simpson and Gregor Piatigorsky. Aged 24 he won the Gaspar Cassadó International Cello Competition and has since played as a soloist with such orchestras as London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Westdeutscher Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic and Czech Philharmonic, and at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Spoleto, Pablo Casels de Prades, Oslo and Schleswig-Holstein festivals. The many composers who have written works for him include Kenneth Leighton, James MacMillan, Peter Maxwell Davies, John Metcalf, Paul Patterson, Robert Saxton, Robert Simpson, Roger Smalley, Giles Swayne, John Tavener and Adrian Williams.

Wallfisch’s extensive discography includes numerous repertory and lesser-known works for labels including EMI, Chandos, Black Box, ASV, Naxos and Nimbus. He is a Professor at the Zürich University of the Arts and the Royal Northern College of Music. He plays a 1760 Gennaro Gagliano cello, the 1865 Vuillaume ‘Sheremetev’ and a modern cello built by Patrick Robin.