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Touring Artist Biography: Raphaël Feuillâtre
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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. Currently, Raphaël is completing his Master’s in Classical Guitar Performance with Tristan Manoukian.

As a result of his 2018 win of classical guitar’s most prestigious competition, Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), Raphaël is preparing the recording of his second opus for the Naxos Label (2019) and a nine month tour of North America. In June 2019 he will be a featured soloist at the GFA conference in Miami followed by several tours to North America September 2019 through April 2020. He will present solo concerts, conduct masterclasses and outreach activities in 37 cities across the United States and Canada.

Raphaël Feuillâtre has appeared at classical guitar festivals and venues including the International Guitar Festival, Budapest, Hungary; Festival of Guitar, Ciutat d’Elx, Spain; Guitar Art Festival, Belgrade, Serbia; International Guitar Festival Jose Tomas – Villa Petrer, Spain; UPF Guitar Festival, Brazil as well as festivals and venues in Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Holland, Montenegro and Argentina.

In France he is regularly invited to perform chamber music with the Orchestral Ensemble of Pau (France) at the Folle Journée de Nantes Festival and as a soloist at guitar festivals and venues, among them the Paris International Guitar Festival, Sul Tasto Festival, Festival de Baume-les-Messieurs and Guitars in Picardy Festival. In 2019 he will have residencies at 6 Cordes au Fil de l’Allier Festival and Guitare en France.

Prior to his 2018 GFA win, Raphaël Feuillâtre participated in various other international guitar competitions obtaining several major awards. In 2017, he won 1st prize in the International Guitar Competition Jose Tomas – Villa Petrer in Spain which awarded him the opportunity to record his first album with JSM Guitar Records in 2018 (Bach, Granados, Tansman, Assad, Dyens). In 2015, Raphaël won 1st prize in the Concours & Festival de guitare de Fontenay sous Bois (France). He is also a laureate of Festival International de Guitarra Ciudad de Coria in Coria, Spain (2nd prize, 2014) and Festival Internacional de Musica da Primavera de Viseu in Viseu, Portugal (3rd prize, 2016).

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 Paris region.

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