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Raphaela Gromes
Raphaela Gromes

B108079   B 108 079
Violoncello sonatas: R. Gromes & J. Riem
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“The very young cellist Raphaela Gromes is one of the finest and most intensive musical talents that I have come across in a long time,” Brigitte Fassbaender said after the 2012 Richard-Strauss-Competition, from which Raphaela Gromes emerged as the winner. A few days later, the cellist also received first prize in the duo category at the “Kulturkreis Gasteig” competition.

Raphaela Gromes‘s first major concert appearance was in the autumn of 2005, when the then 14-year-old performed the cello concerto of Friedrich Gulda to exuberant acclaim from both audience and press. Since then, she has performed regularly as a soloist, including with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic and the West Saxony Symphony Orchestra. In January 2012, she premie`red a cello concerto composed for her by Dominik Giesriegl and in 2013 also gave the cello concerto by Valentin Bachmann its first performance, with the Budweis Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Svec.

During her training, she attended master courses with well-known cellists such as David Geringas, László Fenyö, Daniel Müller Schott, Kristin von der Goltz, Wolfgang Boettcher, Philippe Muller, Anner Bylsma, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Peter Bruns. From 2006 to 2010 she studied under Bruns at the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Hochschule in Leipzig as a preparatory student. In autumn 2010, she began studying cello as a regular student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich under Prof. Wen-Sinn Yang.

With the backing of the organisation Yehudi Menuhin „Live Music Now“, she played concerts in public institutions such as hospitals, aged-care facilities and prisons and experienced how music can comfort and help people in all kinds of situations. Since then, it has been more important than ever to her to touch and inspire people with her music.

Since 2012 she has been a beneficiary of the German National Academic Foundation. In 2012, she also received a grant from the Hans and Eugenia Jütting Foundation.

Raphaela Gromes plays a cello made by Arthur Bay that she commissioned from him in 2005.