Rafael Rosenfeld


Rafael Rosenfeld studied with Walter Grimmer in Zurich College with David Geringas in Lübeck. Encounters with artists such as Sándor Végh, György Kurtág, Ferenc Rados, András Schiff, Radu Lupu, Steven Isserlis, and Bernard Greenhouse additionally influenced his musical development. In December 2000 he won first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition.


Rafael is solo cellist of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra on a part-time basis and divides his time between soloistic, chambermusic, and orchestral and teaching duties. As a member of the Merel Quartet, Rafael Rosenfeld appears regularly at major concert venues like Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Tonhalle Zurich; also is the Quartet guest at many festivals, including the Ittingen Whitsun Concerts, the Lucerne Festival, the Salzburger Festspiele, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Kunstfest Weimar and the Musikfestwoche Meiringen. He has been the chamber music partner of András Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Joshua Bell, Alexander Lonquich, Nobuko Imai, Tabea Zimmermann, Dénes Várjon and Daniel Phillips, among others. He is also a member of the Lucernefestival Orchestra with Claudio Abbado and the Cappella Andrea Barca with András Schiff.


Since 2005 he is Professor for Cello at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel.