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Raphaël Sévère – Clarinetist

After winning the Tokyo competition at the age MattDine2of twelve and gaining a nomination as “Solo instrumental discovery” at the Victoires de la Musique Classique when aged fifteen, Raphael Sévère went on to win the prestigious competition of Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York in November 2013, where he was awarded First Prize and eight special prizes. > Following of the biography



Classica : “At the age of 23, rising star of the French clarinet school, Raphaël Sévère made his mark as one of the leading instrumentalists of his generation. Possessing a soft, silky tone, always in search of freedom, he curls up easily into a wide variety of repertoires. Known for his stylistic vision and racy playing, he maintains an emotional relationship with chamber music. ” May 2018

Le Figaro : “From Weber to Poulenc covering also Debussy, Berg and Widmann, 22 year old Raphël Sévère demonstrated the full extent of his supernatural talent, as much as his virtuosity and gentleness. He’s able to produce brilliant and velvety sounds, phrasing like a violinist and vocalising like a soprano in a wonderfully structured program”. September 5, 2017

New York Times : « Mr. Sévère, who has been deeply involved with contemporary music, played the New York premiere of “Four Autumn Landscapes,” a recent piece by Chris Rogerson. Mr. Rogerson’s own voice came through clearly, especially in Mr. Sévère’s richly colorful, textured and tangy performance. This soloist got a chance to display the full range of his technique during a sudden storm scene, driven by slashing clarinet runs.» May 17, 2017 : “This concert will remain as the discovery of a genuine and marvellous musician.” February 10, 2017

Utmisol : “Doté d’une sonorité profonde et chaleureuse, tenant un discours d’une belle fluidité mais à la densité toujours préservée, soignant particulièrement l’expressivité et la volupté de son chant, le clarinettiste Raphaël Sévère délivre une intense lecture de ce chef d’œuvre”. (concerto de Mozart avec l’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse – February 10, 2017)

Raphaël received a Gold Diapason of the year 2015 and ffff in Télérama magazine with Victor Julien-Laferrière, cellist, and Adam Laloum, pianist, for their Brahms CD (Mirare label).

France Musique : Le live de la matinale (Lutoslawski)

France Musique : Portrait of Raphaël (Leur belle saison)

France Musique : Le live de la Matinale (1er septembre, Trio de Brahms).