MARIA RAFFAELE’s passion for music-making began at a young age at home with her family, and she soon studied clarinet, piano, oboe and voice in her hometown of Arlington, Virginia (USA). Through her music studies at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (CH) and the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye aux Dames/ Université de Poitiers (FR), she received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in modern and historical oboe. During this time important companions and teachers were Katharina Arfken, Antoine Torunczyk, Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, Alfredo Bernardini and Lorenzo Coppola. Maria’s career bridges the gap between historical and modern oboe playing. She performs regularly with numerous ensembles such as Les Folies Françoises, Les Paladins, Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, La Petite Bande and the Capriccio Baroque Orchestra. A dedicated and enthusiastic chamber musician, she founded the Munich early music ensemble Svapinga Consort with harpsichordist and organist Robert Selinger in 2016. In 2018, she began doctoral studies in musicology at the Université de Poitiers. She teaches oboe as part of the Démos project of the Philharmonie de Paris, has taught baroque music history at the musicology department of the Université de Tours, works as a web editor for medici.tv and is a freelance translator, writer and graphic designer.
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