Raphael Wallfisch

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Born: June 15, 1953; London, England  
Raphael Wallfisch is one of the leading English cellists of his generation. His repertory is vast, taking in nineteenth century staples by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Dvorák, as well as twentieth century standards by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Respighi, and Barber. Yet he has also focused much attention on works by British composers, too, from Elgar, Delius, and Bax to Maxwell Davies, MacMillan, Simpson, and Tavener. Wallfisch has recorded extensively Read more for many labels, including Chandos, Nimbus, and Naxos.

Wallfisch was born in London on June 15, 1953. His mother was a cellist and his father a pianist. Young Raphael, after studies on the violin and piano, turned to the cello at age eight. His list of teachers is impressive: at home he studied with Amaryllis Fleming (1967-1969) and Derek Simpson (at the Royal Academy of Music from 1970-1973), and abroad with Amadeo Baldovino (Italy; 1969) and Gregor Piatigorsky (the U.S.).

It was through his studies with Piatigorsky in California that he was given the opportunity to perform in several private recitals with Jascha Heifetz. Wallfisch won first prize in Florence, Italy, at the Gaspar Cassadň International Cello Competition in 1977. Thereafter, his career grew in several directions: as a soloist he regularly appeared in recitals and with British orchestras; in 1980 he began a 12-year stint playing in a duo with his father, Peter, while serving as a professor of music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He would later teach cello at the Zürich Winterthur Konservatorium and Hochschule in Mainz, Germany.

In the 1980s Wallfisch gained an international reputation from his appearances throughout Europe and the U.S. In 1982 he started a long relationship with the English label Chandos: among his earliest recordings were a coupling of the Barber Cello Concerto and the Shostakovich First Cello Concerto (1982) and a disc of Tchaikovsky works that included the original version of the Rococo Variations (1983). Over the next decade or so he would make more than 20 recordings for Chandos. Since the 1990s he has branched out his recording activity to include other labels. Among later recordings is his two-disc set of the complete works for cello by Shostakovich on Nimbus (2006). Shostakovich was also featured, along with J.S. Bach and Tchaikovsky, in his successful concert tours of the U.K. and Germany in the fall of 2006. Read less
Clarke: Music for Cello & Piano / Wallfisch, York
Release Date: 08/12/2016   Label: Lyrita Recorded Edition - Nimb  
Catalog: SRCD354   Number of Discs: 1
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    Clarke: Music for Cello & Piano / Wallfisch, York
    Label: Lyrita Recorded Edition - Nimb   Catalog: SRCD354 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rebecca Clarke
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  John York
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    Brahms: Works for Piano Trio / Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: NI5934 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  Hagai Shaham
    Conductor:  Daniel Raiskin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch (Piano Trio),  Rhenish Philharmonic
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    French Songs / Wallfisch, Rushton
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: NI5938 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Caplet,  Arthur Honegger,  Darius Milhaud,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Simon Wallfisch,  Edward Rushton,  Efrain Oscher,  Raphael Wallfisch
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    British Cello Concertos / Wallfisch
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 241 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi,  Arnold Bax,  Sir Arthur Bliss,  Charles Villiers Stanford  ... 
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley,  Bryden Thomson,  Norman Del Mar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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    Ireland: Music for String Orchestra / Wallfisch, Curtis
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571372 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Ireland
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  David Curtis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Swan
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    Rozsa: Cello Concerto; Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Cello
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1274 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miklós Rózsa
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  Philippe Graffin
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
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    Geoffrey Bush: Small Pieces For Orchestra
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 341 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Geoffrey Bush,  John Ireland
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
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    John Joubert, Robert Simpson, Christopher Wright: British Cello Concertos
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 344 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Joubert,  Robert Simpson,  Christopher Wright
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  William Boughton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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    Hungarian Music for Cello & Orchestra / Wallfisch
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5919 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mátyás Seiber,  Antal Doráti,  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Gábor Takács-Nagy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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    Leighton: Complete Chamber Works for Cello
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571358 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kenneth Leighton
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  Raphael Terroni
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    Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 - Sonatas Nos. 9 & 10; Sonatinas Nos. 1 & 2; Cello Sonatas
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 256 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Peter Donohoe,  Raphael Wallfisch
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    Patric Standford: Symphony No. 1; Cello Concerto; Prelude To A Fantasy
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 571356 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Patric Standford
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    British Music for Cello and Piano / Wallfisch, Terroni
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 571361 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Wordsworth,  Joseph Holbrooke,  William Busch
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  Raphael Terroni
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    British String Concertos
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2346 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,  Gustav Holst,  Gerald Finzi,  William Busch  ... 
    Performer:  Lorraine McAslan,  Emanuel Hurwitz,  Kenneth Sillito,  Cecil Aronowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Braithwaite,  Imogen Holst,  David Atherton,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Schumann: Cello Concerto; Works For Cello & Piano / Wallfisch, York, Willen
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5916 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  John York
    Conductor:  Niklas Willén
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    Andrzej Panufnik: Concertos - Symphonic Works, Vol. 8
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777687 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrzej Panufnik
    Performer:  Alexander Sitkovetsky,  Raphael Wallfisch,  Ewa Kupiec
    Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
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    Arnold Cooke: Three String Sonatas
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 571362 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Cooke
    Performer:  Raphael Terroni,  Susanne Stanzeleit,  Morgan Goff,  Raphael Wallfisch
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    The Best Of C.p.e. Bach
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94932 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Christine Schornsheim,  Karl-Heinz Schroter,  Manfred Pernutz,  Eckart Haupt  ... 
    Conductor:  Didier Talpain,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Jörn Boysen,  Jonathan Morton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali,  Musica Poetica,  Scottish Ensemble  ... 
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    British Music For Cello And Piano / Raphael Wallfisch, Raphael Terroni
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 571352 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Wordsworth,  William Busch,  Kenneth Leighton,  Arnold Cooke
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  Raphael Terroni
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    Maurice Jacobson: Theme And Variations, The Music Room, Mosaic / Julian Jacobson
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 571351 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Jacobson
    Performer:  Julian Jacobson,  Mariko Brown,  Raphael Wallfisch,  Jennifer Johnston
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  • 21.
    Bloch: Schelomo; Voice In The Wilderness; Caplet: Epiphanie; Ravel: Kaddish
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5913 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Caplet,  Maurice Ravel,  Ernest Bloch
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Benjamin Wallfisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 22.
    C.P.E. Bach Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94640 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Anna Starr,  Joaquim Guerra Codina,  Machiko Takahashi,  Eckart Haupt  ... 
    Conductor:  Didier Talpain,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Jörn Boysen,  Roland Kieft  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali,  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Poetica  ... 
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  • 23.
    Dohnanyi, Liszt, Kodaly / Raphael Wallfisch, John York
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5901 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Ernö von Dohnányi,  Zoltán Kodály
    Performer:  John York,  Raphael Wallfisch
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  • 24.
    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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  • 25.
    Delius & Grieg: Complete Works For Cello & Piano / Wallfisch, York
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5884 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  John York
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