"I was so impressed listening to the Gromes Riem Duo performing the Debussy Sonata at a master class in Munich recently. Admittedly it is not a natural setting for performance, yet the duo played with great aplomb. But what impressed me most was the obvious wish to communicate the content to their public. It is their courageous curiosity and energy that impressed me. Their commitment to one another as duo partners for four years is further testimony to their commitment to forge a lasting meaningful musical partnership, and to share their musical discoveries with a larger public.” Yo-Yo Ma, 02/2016
Raphaela Gromes received her first cello lessons at the age of four. Being only seven years old, she already accompanied her parents – both professional cellists – on stage. She made her debut as a soloist at the age of 14, when she performed the cello concerto by Friedrich Gulda, which earned the highest praise from audience and press alike. In consequence numerous concerts with the great cello repertory followed.
Various composers have already dedicated cello concertos to her: the world premiere of Dominik Giesriegel’s cello concerto in 2012 was followed by that of Valentin Bachmann’s cello concerto performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra Budweis conducted by David Svec. The third world premiere, the double concerto “Chroma” that Mario Bürki had written for Raphaela Gromes and Cécile Grüebler in 2014, brought her into contact with the Swiss military orchestra. Further on she collaborated with Kent Nagano and the Czech Philharmonic as well as with Christoph Altstaedt and the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.
Raphaela Gromes has been a guest artist at festivals such as the Jungfrau Music Festival Interlaken, the Vorsprung Festival of the “Audi Summer Concerts” in Ingolstadt with Kent Nagano, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Munich Opera Festival, the Marvão International Music Festival, the Mondsee Musiktage Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Rheingau Music Festival.
In addition to her career as soloist she is also devoted to chamber music. Her chamber music partners are amongst others Christian Altenburger, Isabelle von Keulen, Alexander Lubimov, Patrick Demenga and Mischa Maisky. Together with her duo-partner, the pianist Julian Riem, she regularly gives concerts throughout Germany and abroad.
Her first recordings that were taken with her longtime piano partner Julian Riem, were released by Farao Music in 2014. Since 2016 she is one of SONY Classical exclusive artists. Her first SONY-CD with the works of the late Romantic composers Giuseppe Martucci, Leone Sinigaglia, Ferrucio B. Busoni and Mario Castelnuovo, that she recorded with her partner Julian Riem, will be released in autumn 2017.
Together with her partner Julian Riem, Raphaela Gromes will give her debut at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Ludwigsburg Festival, the Rheingau Festival and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in summer 2017. Following are her debuts with the Tonhalle Zurich, with MünchenMusik and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, in the Konzerthaus Berlin and in the Konzerthaus Wien. In spring of 2018 her first performance with an US orchestra will be with the Fort-Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya.
Raphaela Gromes has already won numerous prizes: in 2011 she was awarded the Musikförderpreis des Konzertverein Ingolstadt (young musicians’ scholarship), in 2012 she was first in the Competition Richard Strauss. In 2012 she was granted a scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Merit Foundation) and has been supported by Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now since then. Furthermore she received the scholarship of the Hans and Eugenia Jütting Foundation Stendal. Raphaela Gromes and her duo cello partner, Cécile Grüebler, received the Förderpreis der Theodor-Rogler-Stiftung Bad Reichenhall (young musicians’ scholarship) in 2014. In 2016 she was first in the cello solo competition of the German Music Council and became one of this year’s young talented musicians who receive special promotion (“Bundesauswahl Junger Solisten”). She was first prize winner of the Kulturkreis-Gasteig competition in 2012 and 2016 and also of the international Concorso Fiorindo Turin in 2013.
Raphaela Gromes started her studies as a junior student at age 14 with Peter Bruns at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig. She continued her studies with Wen-Sinn Yang at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and later with Reinhard Latzko at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. She took master classes with well-known cellists like David Geringas, Yo-Yo Ma, Frans Helmerson, Natalia Gutman, Jens Peter Maintz, László Fenyö, Daniel Müller-Schott, Kristin von der Goltz, Wolfgang Boettcher, Anner Bylsma and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmid.
Raphaela Gromes’ cello is a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume instrument of 1855 that is provided by a private benefactor.
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As of: Season 2017/2018