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05.08.2020

Cellist Raphaël Merlin becomes professor for string chamber music

Cellist Raphaël Merlin becomes professor for string chamber music

On 1 October 2020, the cellist and chamber musician will take on a professorship for string chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (HMTM). The cellist of the renowned »Quatuor Ébène« sets a new focus on chamber music and artistic instrumental training.

»I am pleased that we were able to attract an internationally renowned chamber musician like Raphaël Merlin to our university. With his appointment, our students in the string classes will be able to achieve even higher qualifications than before in this area,« emphasizes Prof. Dr. Bernd Redmann, President of the HMTM.

Especially since Raphaël Merlin joined the internationally renowned string quartet »Quatuor Ébène« in 2002, with which he won the ARD International Music Competition in 2004, chamber music has been the mainstay of the artist’s work. Besides his quartet partners Pierre Colombet, Gabriel Le Magadure and Marie Chilemme, he also performs with artists such as Nicholas Angelich, Akiko Yamamoto, Gautier Capuçon and Antoine Tamestit. With »Quatuor Ébène«, Raphaël Merlin performs in the world’s premier concert halls, including the Berliner Philharmonie, the Wigmore Hall in London and New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2020, the string quartet released a complete recording of all of Beethoven quartets.

Raphaël Merlin is also interested in cross-genre projects: He arranges compositions for classical works, jazz, tango and folk songs, plays in a duo with guitarist Kevin Seddiki and likes to take part in experimental projects. In addition to chamber music, Merlin performs as a soloist with various renowned orchestras, also writing own compositions. Since his encounter with French cellist Xavier Gagnepain, Raphaël Merlin has also been a passionate teacher. He holds chamber music master classes throughout the world and, from 2014 to 2017, taught cello at the Boulogne-Billancourt CRR and the String Quartet Master Class cycle in Paris.

We welcome the new addition to our teaching staff at the Gasteig site!

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