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Raphael Severus

Musician

Raphaël started the clarinet at the age of eight at the Nantes Conservatory, gave his first solo concert at the age of eleven with the Peking Opera orchestra and was twelve years old winner of five international competitions including that of Tokyo where he won the 1st prize and the four special prizes. He was admitted at the age of fourteen to the National Conservatory of Music in Paris where he obtained, two years later, a license with Very Good mention unanimously.

Raphaël has performed in various concert halls: Louvre auditorium, Bastille opera house, Gaveau hall, Radio France auditorium, Opéra-Comique, congress city of Nantes, Corum of Montpellier, Strasbourg Music Palace, “Nouveau Siècle in Lille, Arsenal in Metz, Atheneum in Bucharest, Cultural Center in Macau, City Hall in Hong Kong, International Forum in Tokyo. He was invited to play as a soloist with the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestras, the Ile de France national orchestra, the Strasbourg philharmonic orchestra, the Lille national orchestra, the Cannes orchestra, the Brittany orchestra, the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra,

Revealed to the general public during the Victoires de la musique classique 2010 when he was only fifteen Raphaël Sévère appears today as the youngest representative of the French clarinet school. In 2013, he won the 1er awards the Young Concerts Artists Competition in New York, as well as eight special awards that allow him to perform at the Kennedy Center Hall in Washington and at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York.

He gives recitals at the Champs-Elysées theater, the Louvre Auditorium, the KKL in Lucerne, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele, the French May in Hong-Kong, the Périgord Noir festival, the Colmar international festival, Menton festival, at the Grand Théâtre d'Aix-en-Provence, at the Salle Gaveau, at the Opéra Comique with Alain Altinoglu, Nora Gubisch etc. at the Radio France and Montpellier Festival, at the Escales Musicales d'Evian, at the Folles Journées in Nantes and Japan. Radio France entrusted him with a “Carte Blanche” as part of the chamber music series and he played in Berlin as part of the ARTE program “The Stars of tomorrow” presented by Rolando Villazon.

In chamber music, his partners are Alain Altinoglu, Adam Laloum, Jérôme Ducros, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Victor Julien-Laferrière, Isabelle Moretti, Nora Gubisch, Philippe Bernold, Deborah and Sarah Nemtanu, Olivier Charlier, Gérard Caussé, Gary Hoffman , Xavier Phillips, Henri Demarquette, Jérôme Pernoo, the Wanderer and the Spirits trio, the Pražák, Modigliani, Sine Nomine and Ebène quartets.

In 2014 he founded the Messiaen variable geometry ensemble with the violinist David, Petrlik, the cellist Volodia van Keulen and the pianist Théo Fouchenneret with whom he is in residence at the Singer-Polignac foundation.

His 1st disc "Recital of French music" recorded live at the age of twelve was distinguished by Diapason (4 diapasons), Classica Repertoire (discovery), Classical Info Disc (revelation). His second disc "Opus 2" got 2 tuning forks.

Raphaël published in 2014 a disc devoted to Brahms (sonatas and trio with clarinet), with pianist Adam Laloum and cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière (Mirare) who received a golden tuning fork and a Télérama.