Raphaël Feuillâtre, guitar
March 18, Saturday, 7:00p.m.
Holsclaw Hall, $30
Admired by audiences for his world-class virtuosity, Raphaël Feuillâtre brings fresh, inspired interpretations to the classical guitar. Born in 1996, Raphaël Feuillâtre began classical guitar lessons at the age of nine with Hacène Addadi at Cholet Conservatory. In 2012, he entered Michel Grizard’s class at the Conservatory of Nantes, and, three years later, he was accepted to Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance (CNSMDP) into the class of Roland Dyens where he obtained his Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in 2017 with highest honors. Raphaël completed his Master’s in Classical Guitar Performance with Tristan Manoukian in 2019, again with the highest honors. Raphaël is also mentored by internationally renowned guitarist and pedagogue Judicaël Perroy, who played a very important role in his artistic development.
When French guitarist Raphaël Feuillâtre won first prize at the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Concert Artist, he was barely known in the U.S., so his victory at the country’s most important annual competition surprised many. But in Europe he was already widely respected, having competed strongly in numerous festivals there, and in 2017 winning the prestigious International Guitar Competition José Tomas–Villa de Petrer in Spain. As a result of his win in classical guitar’s most prestigious competition, the (GFA), Raphaël completed the recording of his second opus for the Naxos Label in 2019 (Barrios, Granados, Llobet, Rachmaninoff, Rameau, Ramirez, Scriabin, Villa-Lobos). He was a featured soloist at the 2019 GFA conference in Miami and embarked on his North American tour, which was cut short by the Covid pandemic. The Tucson Guitar Society has been trying to bring him here ever since we had to, with great regret, cancel that 2020 performance. It is with great [pleasure that we can now introduce this great talent to Tucson audiences.
Raphael is an endorsee of Savarez guitar strings, one of the world’s leading string manufacturers (founded in 1770).
Raphaël divides his time between performing and teaching. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses during his numerous engagements and holds a permanent teaching position at the Music School of Villeneuve-la-Garenne in the Paris region.