Rafael Rosenfeld is one of Switzerland's leading young musicians. As a soloist, he has appeared with such orchestras as the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich, the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, the Radio Orchestra of Lugano, the Zürich Chamber Orchestra and the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has made numerous radio and television appearances.
In December 2000, Rafael Rosenfeld won first prize at the 55th International Music Competition of Geneva (CIEM), and was immediately invited to perform in Italy, Germany, Holland, Austria and Switzerland. Especially noteworthy are his engagements to play the Schumann concerto with the Radio Orchestra of Stuttgart, Tchaikovsky's „Rococo“ variations with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Elgar concerto with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and the Duttileux concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In addition, he will perform numerous recitals, including one for the International Prizewinners Series of the Tonhalle, Zürich.
Rafael Rosenfeld was born into a musical family in Lucerne, Switzerland. He began playing cello at the age of five, and received his musical education at the Zürich Conservatory and the Lübeck College of Music where his cello professors were Walter Grimmer and David Geringas re spectively. Further musical impulses came through masterclasses with Bernard Greenhouse, Ralph Kirschbaum, Steven Isserlis, Sandor Végh, András Schiff, Menahem Pressler and György Kurtág.
In addition to his recent success at the Geneva competition, Rafael Rosenfeld has won nu merous prizes and awards at national and international competitions including third prize at the International ARD competition in Munich, special prize at the International Jost competition in Lausanne and the highest award at the 1997 Migros Chamber Music Competition. In 1990 he was selected to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision competition in Vienna and in 1994 he was a finalist at the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow.
Rafael Rosenfeld has performed at important festivals such as the International Music Festival, Lucerne, Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte, Young Artists in Concert, Davos, Interlakner Festwochen, Zürcher Festspiele, Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove and the Salzburger Schlosskonzerte. In 1995 Rafael Rosenfeld became the principal cellist of the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the ensemble's youngest member. In addition he leads a class for students and soloists at the Basel Conservatory. He is a founder member of the Merel Quartet.