Raphaël Sévère, whose talent was uncovered to the public at large for the first time in 2010 during the Victoires de la Musique classique gala award ceremony, is currently the youngest representative of the French clarinet school.
A nomination to the “Musical Discovery of the Year – Instrumental Soloist” award at the age of only 15 was the crowning achievement of an extraordinary early artistic career. He received a musical education very early, having been admitted to the Paris Conservatory at the age of fourteen. Four years later he received 1st prize and eight of the ten special prizes in the Young Concert Artists Competition in New York.
He currently performs recitals on major concert stages, including the Kennedy Center in Washigton, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and Salle Molière in Lyon and at many festivals, including Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany and French May in Hong Kong. As a chamber musician he has played with such artists as Adam Laloum, Nora Gubisch and Philippe Bernold. He also plays with the trio Les Esprits, Trio Wanderer and with Prazák, Ébène and Modigliani Quartets.
For years, Sévère has been fascinated by contemporary music. He also composes. In 2012 he has undertaken collaboration with pianist and composer Jean-Frédéric Neuburger. The result of this collaboration was a commission for for a chamber work and joint performance of the Plein Ciel quartet, written by Neuburger.
Recently Raphaël Sévère made his debut on the stage of the Berlin Philharmonie, playing Weber’s 1st Clarinet Concerto with the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin under the direction of Aziz Shokhakimov. In 2017 the concert was recorded for the Mirare label. The artist also recorded Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed with the Konzerthausorchester under the direction of Nathalie Stutzmann, with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and with Orchestre National de Bordeaux. Raphaël Sévère’s discography also boasts two other albums recorded for the Mirare label, both enthusiastically received by music critics: one with works by Brahms, recorded in 2014 with Adam Laloum and Victor Julien-Laferrière (this album received the Diapason d’Or and and an ffff rating from Télérama magazine), the other containing clarinet quintets by Brahms and Hindemith, recorded with the Prazák Quartet (ffff rating from Télérama), recorded in 2016.