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Raphael Wallfisch (born 15 June 1953, London) is a British cellist.

Wallfisch was born into a family of distinguished musicians, his father the pianist Peter Wallfisch and his mother the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who is one of the last known surviving members of the Girl orchestra of Auschwitz. He studied under teachers including Amaryllis Fleming, Amedeo Baldovino, and Derek Simpson and Gregor Piatigorsky. A prizewinner at the International Gaspar Cassadó Cello Competition in Florence, Wallfisch has made CD recordings of almost the entire cello repertoire, including works by Britten, Finzi, Kenneth Leighton, Shostakovich, Ernest Bloch, Maurice Ravel, William Busch, Robert Schumann, Alexander von Zemlinsky and Tchaikovsky. During his career he has been appointed to the faculties of the Konservatorium Zürich Winterthur and the Musikhochschule Mainz.

His wife is the Australian Baroque violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch. His sister is the psychotherapist Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch

He has recorded on the EMI, Chandos, Black Box, ASV, Naxos and Nimbus labels. He has recorded a wide range of British cello concertos, including works by James MacMillan, Gerard Finzi, Frederick Delius, William Walton, Arnold Bax, Arthur Bliss, Benjamin Britten, Moeran and Kenneth Leighton.

Many British composers have works especially for him. These include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kenneth Leighton, James MacMillan, John Metcalf, Paul Patterson, Robert Simpson, John Joubert, Robert Saxton, Roger Smalley, Giles Swayne, John Tavener and Adrian Williams.

Raphael plays a 1760 Gennaro Gagliano cello.

He has three children, the conductor and Hollywood composer Benjamin, the baritone (and cellist) Simon, and vocalist Joanna.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Barber: Cello Concerto / Shostakovich: Cello Concerto no. 1 Barber, Shostakovich; Raphael Wallfisch, English Chamber Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon 1
1983 Music for Cello & Orchestra Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; English Chamber Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon, Raphael Wallfisch 1
1986 Cello Concerto / Sinfonietta Ernest John Moeran; Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Norman Del Mar, Raphael Wallfisch 1
1987 Cello Concerto Sir Arnold Bax; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryden Thomson, Raphael Wallfisch 1
1987 Sinfonia Concertante / Romeo and Juliet Suite no. 3 Sergey Prokofiev; Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, Raphael Wallfisch 1
1988 Don Quixote / Romanze in F / Ruhe, meine Seele! / Gesang der Apollopriesterin Richard Strauss; The Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, Raphael Wallfisch, Felicity Lott 1
1988 Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto no. 2, op. 77 / Khachaturian: Cello Concerto / Glazunov: Chant du Ménestrel, op. 71 Kabalevsky, Khachaturian, Glazunov; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryden Thomson, Raphael Wallfisch 1
1989 Brahms: Concerto for Violin, Cello & Orchestra, op. 102 / Bruch: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra no. 1, op. 26 Johannes Brahms, Max Bruch; London Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, Raphael Wallfisch, Lydia Mordkovitch 2
1989 Cello Concerto / Symphony no. 3 "Laudes musicae" Kenneth Leighton; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bryden Thomson, Neil Mackie, Raphael Wallfisch 2
1989 Dvorák: Cello Concerto / Dohnányi: Konzertstück Dvořák, Dohnányi; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras, Raphael Wallfisch 1
1992 Cello Concertos 1 & 2 / Concertino Martinů; Raphael Wallfisch, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek 1
1995 Cello Concerti, Volume 1: RV 389, 399, 404, 406, 410, 419 Vivaldi; Raphael Wallfisch, City of London Sinfonia, Nicholas Kraemer 1
1995 Cello Concerti, Volume 4: RV 405, 411, 414, 416, 417, 420, 421 Vivaldi; Raphael Wallfisch, City of London Sinfonia, Nicholas Kraemer 1
1995 Cello Concerti, Volume 3: RV 402, 403, 407, 409, 418, 423, 424 Vivaldi; Raphael Wallfisch, City of London Sinfonia, Nicholas Kraemer 1
1999 Cello Concerti, Volume 2: RV 400, 401, 408, 412, 422, 531 Vivaldi; Raphael Wallfisch, City of London Sinfonia, Nicholas Kraemer 1
2000 English Cello Sonatas Rubbra, Moeran, Ireland; Raphael Wallfisch, John York 1
2001 Cello Concertos Finzi, Leighton; Raphael Wallfisch 1
2002 Paris / Double Concerto / Cello Concerto Delius; Tasmin Little, Raphael Wallfisch, Sir Charles Mackerras, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2014 Bloch: Schelomo / Voice in the Wilderness / Caplet: Epiphanie / Ravel: Kaddish Bloch, Caplet, Ravel; BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Benjamin Wallfisch, Raphael Wallfisch 1
Finzi: Cello Concerto / Leighton: Suite "Veris Gratia" Gerald Finzi, Kenneth Leighton; Raphael Wallfisch, George Caird, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto no. 2 Dmitry Kabalevsky; Lydia Mordkovitch, Raphael Wallfisch 1
2002 Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto Aram Khachaturian; Lydia Mordkovitch, Raphael Wallfisch 1
2003 Orchestral Works, Volume 1: Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto / Morning Song (Maytime in Sussex) Sir Arnold Bax; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryden Thomson, Lydia Mordkovitch, Raphael Wallfisch, Margaret Fingerhut 1
2004 Symphony no. 2 in F minor / Six Songs / Romanze for Cello and Orchestra Richard Strauss; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, Eileen Hulse, Raphael Wallfisch 1
2005 Sinfonietta / Sinfonia Concertante / Divertimento Sergey Prokofiev; Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, Raphael Wallfisch 1
2006 Violin and Cello Concertos Gerald Finzi; Tasmin Little, Raphael Wallfisch, City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley 1

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