Rafael is a 14-year-old pianist, violinist, violist and composer from Mission BC.  He started his musical studies and piano at Music Language Studios in Mission at age 4, started studying violin at age 7 and last fall also picked up the viola.  He has been an avid composer ever since he first had access to a keyboard and over the years has tried his hand at composing for many different instruments, combinations and structures.  He has won many awards (including locally, provincially, nationally and one international prize) for his instrumental virtuosity as well as for his compositions.

Rafael is an enthusiastic performer and has been a member of the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra for 6 years, where he has had the privilege of performing as a violinist, as a soloist pianist and violinist and violist, and is now enjoying his role as principal violist since last fall.  He has performed as a guest violinist with the Fraser Valley Symphony.  He has performed many times at senior care homes and for non-profit organizations.  He volunteers to help others who can't write music to write down their scores.  He has enjoyed attending live performances all his life, and he celebrates the talents of his role models and peers.  Rafael is grateful to the Abbotsford Music Teachers for selecting him for this exciting opportunity and looks forward to sharing his music and enjoying the music of his fellow participants.

Semi-Final Program

Prelude and Fugue No. 20 in A Minor
Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, BWV 865 - J. S. Bach

Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 81a
(“Les adieux”) 2nd & 3rd movement - L. van Beethoven

Three Pieces for Piano Solo, 1: Prelude - M. Mozetich

Final Program

Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 81a (“Les adieux”) - L. van Beethoven

Abegg Variations, Op. 1 - R. Schumann

Toccata Op. 11 - S. Prokofiev