Raphaël Sévère

French clarinettist (1994, Rennes)

Showing an extremely precocious talent, Raphaël Sévère had an exemplary musical education leading him to perform in the most prestigious venues with the greatest artists of our time.

Raphaël Sévère studied piano, violin and cello with his mother and joined the Nantes Conservatory at age 8, attending his father's clarinet course. After only 3 years, he was already invited to perform in China for his first solo appearance, performing Mozart’s clarinet concerto. The following year, he was awarded five international prizes including the Tokyo First Prize. Admitted at the Paris Conservatory at age 14, he graduated his master’s degree with high honours in June 2013.

At age 15, Raphael was nominated “Solo instrumental discovery” at the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2010, marking the beginning of a precocious career. He began to perform as a soloist alongside the Ile de France National Orchestra and the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra and was also invited to perform at La Folle Journée in Nantes, at the Colmar International Festival, at the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier… He has performed with great names and ensembles such as Prazák Quartet, David Grimal, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Alain Planès, Gérard Caussé.

In 2013, he was the laureate of the prestigious Young Concerts Artists competition in New York, where he was awarded eight special prizes out of ten.

His first live album, recorded at age 12, was a recital comprising French works of the 20th century for clarinet. Opus 2, his latest release, included his interpretation of works by composers Martinů, Cossetto, Taneyev, Lutosławski, Kodály, Malcolm Arnold, Honegger, Busoni and Jean Françaix.

6 landmark dates in the life of Raphaël Sévère:

2002: Started studying clarinet

2005: First concert in China with Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

2006: Revealed to a larger audience thanks to France Musique 

2007: Recorded his first live CD

2008: Joined the Paris Conservatory

2013: Was laureate of prestigious Young Concerts Artists competition in New York

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Biography by Radio France’s document database, November 2013