St. Andrew’s Church, West Dean£15
Raphaella Smits is an international concert artist from Belgium, regarded for her musicianship and understanding of the eight-string and historical guitars. She is a competition adjudicator and respected tutor.
Raphaella plays worldwide, recognized as 'an uncommonly musical guitarist' Tim Page, New York Times, she always commits to the soul of the music. Her solo recitals, as well as her performances with the most distinguished colleagues, always meet enthusiastic audiences and press.
Alongside her stage work, Raphaella has made over 20 albums, many of them being listed as indispensable to refined music lovers. She is internationally praised as an inspiring teacher for both guitar and chamber music. In addition to her chair at the Lemmens Institute in Belgium, she regularly gives masterclasses throughout Europe, North and South America and in Japan.
Raphaella studied classical music at the Royal Conservatories of Antwerp and Brussels. She also went to José Tomàs to perfect her playing at the Catedra Andrès Segovia in Spain.
Today Raphaella Smits is called quite rightly "une Grande Musicienne" and "one of the most delicate and most cultivated performers of our time" Jean Bernard, Diapason, FR.
Raphaella Smits is performing as part of the West Dean
International Classical Guitar Festival.
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