"(...) always moments of pure poetry." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
Highly virtuosic and swinging, passionate and technically brilliant, versatile and charming - hardly any other cellist inspires his audience like Raphaela Gromes. Whether as a soloist with orchestra, in a duo chamber music or together with a wind quartet, the young cellist always fascinates with her at the same time fantastically demanding and exceptionally light-footed playing.
Her rousing joy of playing is also unmistakable and immediately transfers to her audience. "With the first note she creates a tremendous intimacy, her playing is very personal right from the start, nothing is made," the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" describes her appearance with the Munich Symphony Orchestra 2018, "with a slightly hoarse cello tone she tells the music, she feels it. (...) Gromes inspires with her joy, combines a healthy earthiness with feather-light excursions. In the first cadenza, she tries out a few interesting dissonances, discards them, then presents quite loosely stupendous virtuosity, returns to sound exegesis, and again and again she creates moments of pure poetry.
Raphaela Gromes' performances with her piano partner Julian Riem are celebrated as perfect duets: "In fact, the two of them redefine instrumental duetting in their own way: Gromes and Riem make chamber music in a symbiotic way," enthuses "Die Presse" after her debut at the Wiener Konzerthaus. In addition to their regular duo partner Julian Riem, Gromes' chamber music partners also include Christian Altenburger, Isabelle von Keulen, Alexander Lubimov, Patrick Demenga and Mischa Maisky.
In autumn 2017, "Serenata Italiana" was released, her highly acclaimed first album as an exclusive artist with SONY. Her second SONY CD "Hommage à Rossini", released in November 2018, and her third CD entitled "Offenbach", released in May 2019 to mark the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth, were among the top ten in the classical music charts and received great praise from the press. "Richard Strauss - Cello Sonatas" is the fourth album with her duo partner Julian Riem, released in February 2020. With the original version of the Strauss Sonata op. 6, Raphaela Gromes presents a world premiere recording, just like in her previous albums. Her current CD from October 2020 with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Nicholas Carter features cello concertos by Schumann, Klengel (world premiere recording) and the Strauss Romance.
Raphaela Gromes is cultural ambassador of the SOS Children's Villages worldwide.