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. It quickly became clear in Wallfisch's childhood that he would dedicate his life to the cello, and thus he was provided, from the outset, with the guidance of such teachers as Amaryllis Fleming, Amedeo Baldovino, and Derek Simpson and Gregor Piatigorsky. Today, Wallfisch is in high demand as a performer and a teacher throughout the world, and in particular, he has been appointed to the faculties of the Konservatorium Zürich Winterthur and the Musikhochschule Mainz. 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.
His wife is the Australian Baroque violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch. His sister is the psychotherapist Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch
His extensive discography 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 (composer), Paul Patterson, Robert Simpson (composer), 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."Weekend birthdays". The Guardian. 14 June 2014. p. 57. |accessdate= requires |url= (help) Homepage