Raphael Christ was born in 1982 and began his violin lessons at the age of six.
His teachers were Abraham Jaffe, Uwe-Martin Haiberg, Thomas Brandis, Antje Weithaas and since 2005 Rainer Kussmaul. He attended masterclasses with Igor Ozim, Rainer Kussmaul, Zakhar Bronn, Michael Schwalbé, Christian Altenburger and Franko Gulli.

He was 1st prizewinner in the following competitions: “Jugend Musiziert” in 1994, 1996 and 1998, Classic Prize Münster, the International Competition of Arles, the competition of the Patronatsgesellschaft Baden-Baden, the competition of the “Deutsche Apothekenkammer” and in 2005 he won the 1. prize of the international BDI competition with his sister Sarah (harp).

Since, he has performed abroad as a soloist with orchestras like the
Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim in the televised new years concert 1998, "Berlin Symphony Orchestra" under Isiah Jackson, "Prague Philharmonic" under Jiri Belohlavek, "Mahler-Acadamy-Orchestra" under Arnold Östman and Christoph Müller, "Kopenhagen Philharmonic" under Giordano Bellincampi, "Sinfonietta Köln" under Cornelius Frohwein, "Basler Sinfoniker" under Pal Molnar, "Swedish Chamber Orchestra" under Peter Csaba or "Baden-Baden Philharmonic" under Werner Stiefel.

Raphael gave recitals at the Berlin Jewish Community, Konzerthaus Berlin, Schwartzsche Villa Berlin, Philharmonie Berlin, Sylt, Freiburg Adelaide (Australia), Paris, Dublin and Jerusalem (Israel).
He plays on festivals like Lockenhaus (Gidon Kremers festival), Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Braunschweig Classix Festival or Edinburgh Festival with renown artists like Emmanuel Pahud, Bruno Canino, Alois Posh, Brigite Engerer, Pascal Moraguez, Gerard Causse, Nikolaj Znaider, Boris Pergamentschikov or Renaud Capucon.

Raphael Christ was invited by Claudio Abbado to be concertmaster in the "Gustav-Mahler Youth Orchestra" and in his newly founded "Mozart Orchestra" with base in Bologna where he works with artist like Ingo Metzmacher, Franz Welser-Möst, Leonidas Kavakos, 
Martha Argerich and Claudio Abbado.

In 2006 he was appointed leader of the second violins in the world famous "Lucerne Festival Orchestra" where he will work with Claudio Abbado. Furthermore he was guestconcertmaster in the "Mahler Chamber Orchestra", "Orchestre National de la Radio France", Paris and the "Kurpfalz Chamber Orchestra", Mannheim.

Raphael Christ plays a Christophe Landon violin built in 1999.


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