Raphael Wallfisch was born in London into a family of distinguished musicians, his mother the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, and his father the pianist Peter Wallfisch. At an early age, Raphael was greatly inspired by hearing Zara Nelsova play, and, guided by a succession of fine teachers, including Amaryllis Fleming, Amadeo Baldovino and Derek Simpson, it became apparent that the cello was to be his life’s work.
While studying with the great Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky at the Thornton School of Music, he was chosen to perform chamber music with Jascha Heifetz in the informal recitals that Piatigorsky held at his home. At 24 he won the Gaspar Cassadó International Cello Competition in Florence. Since then Raphael has enjoyed a world-wide career playing with such orchestras as the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Symphony, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and many others.
Teaching is one of Raphael Wallfisch’s passions. Raphael holds a professorship at the Royal College of Music in London. He is in demand as a masterclass teacher all over the world.
His extensive discography includes recordings with EMI, Chandos, Black Box, ASV, Naxos and Nimbus. Raphael Wallfisch is especially well known for his research and recording of concertos by English composers and of (re)discovering unknown and forgotten concertos in general. He recently embarked on a project with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin and CPO for the recording of 8 concerto’s by exiled Jewish composers.
Raphael also greatly enjoys touring with his very successful piano trio – Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch – which he and his colleagues Hagai Shaham (violin) and Arnon Erez (piano) founded in 2009. It was received extremely well internationally from the very start and has been a regular guest in famous venues such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall ever since. “They never get in the music’s way. It flows out of them unimpeded, as if balancing a piano trio were the easiest thing in the world, which goodness knows it is not” The Arts Desk; live at Wigmore Hall, 20.01.2016
Raphael Wallfisch plays the 1733 Montagnana “Ex-Romberg”, a 1760 Gennaro Gagliano and an exquisite modern instrument built especially for him by the French luthier Patrick Robin.