Raphaël Sévère


Discovered by the public at the ‘ Victoires de la Musique 2010 ’ – French classical music awards – Raphael Severe currently ranks as the youngest representative of the French school of clarinet. His nomination at the age of 15 in the category of ‘Instrumental soloist revelation’ highlighted an outstanding musical record.

In the United States, Raphael won in 2013 the 1st Prize of the Young Concert Artists Competition in New York, as well as eight out of the ten Special Prices.

Highlights of his recent concerts include Weber Concerto n°1 with the Deutsche Sinfonieorchester at the Berlin Philharmonie under Aziz Shokhakimov, debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Mozart Concerto under Michael Seal, and with Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse under Josep Pons, debuts with Orchestra of St Luke’s under Michael Francis at the Alice Tully Hall. Recent debuts also include Mozart Concerto with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin at the Konzerthaus under Nathalie Stutzmann, and with Orchestre National de Bordeaux under Maxim Emelyanychev and at the Festival de Saint-Denis with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris under Rinaldo Alessandrini.

Raphaël will next be the guest the Hong-Kong Sinfonietta under Yip Wing-sie, and with the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Toulon and the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lorraine. He performs Weber Concerto n°1 with the Sinfonia Varsovia at the Folles Journées in Nantes, Japan and Ekaterinbourg, where he also plays several chamber music concerts in duo or in quartet with the Trio Messiaen.

In recital he has the opportunity to perform at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, and Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, at the Merkin Concert Hall in NYC, the Kennedy Center in Washington, at the KKL in Luzern in Switzerland, Fondazione La Società dei Concerti in Milano, etc.

Raphael received a very early musical education: the piano, the violin and the cello. Aged 8, he took up the clarinet at the Conservatoire of Nantes while continuing studying the piano. The following year he jumped no less than eight classes and was admitted to the clarinet top-grade straightforwardly. At 12 he was a prize winner of five international competitions including the Tokyo International Competition where he won the first prize and the Jury’s Special Prize. At 14 he was admitted at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris with unanimous acclaim from the jury. At 15 he obtained the high school diploma with honors and one year later the bachelor’s degree with high honors at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris.

A very fine chamber music partner, Raphaël Sévère worked with Alain Altinoglu, Adam Laloum, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Jerome Ducros, Isabelle Moretti, Deborah and Sarah Nemtanu, Olivier Charlier, Gérard Caussé, Henri Demarquette, David Grimal, Jérôme Pernoo, Philippe Bernold, Norah Gubisch, Prazak Quartet, Ebene Quartet, Sine Nomine Quartet, Modigliani Quartet.

His first CD “Recital of French music” recorded live at the age of 12 has been rewarded by Diapason (4 stars), Classic Info Disque (revelation), Classica Repertoire (discovery). His second CD “Opus 2″ has been rewarded 5 stars. The last one includes Brahms both clarinet Sonatas and the trio with Clarinet, with pianist Adam Laloum and cellist Victor Julien-Laferiière (Mirare). This recording received a Diapason d’or of the Year and ffff in the Magazine Télérama.

In 2017, Raphaël released an album that includes Brahms and Hindemith clarinet Quintets, with the Prazak Quartet (Mirare).

Accomplices since always with the Trio Messiaen, they approach together the repertoire of the quartet in “Messiaen formation” of which the famous Quartet for the end of time is the masterpiece. The first recording in this formation has been released in 2018 (Mirare) and is naturally devoted to Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and Thomas Adès’s Court Studies from the Tempest.


“Sévère’s tone was rounded and mellow, rich in the low chalumeau register and clarion bright at the top, without becoming harsh in the small hall.”
The Washington Post – 31 mars 2015