"A Master of playing the guitar"                   Westfälische Nachrichten  


Raphael Ophaus, born in 1989 in Hamm, Westphalia, Germany, began his musical education at the Municipal Music School in Hamm, guided and encouraged by Bernd Kortenkamp and Ulla Marhold.

In October 2009, after completing his high school final exams, he began his diplomstudies with majors in Music Education and Instrumental Performance at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg in the class of Professor Jürgen Ruck. In the context of the Swiss European Mobility Programm, he studied at the Musikakademie Basel in the class of Professor Stephan Schmidt. In July 2015 he graduated with a Diploma and one Bachelor degree. At the moment, Raphael Ophaus is completing his musical education at the Hochschule für Musik, Würzburg in the “Meisterklasse” of Prof. Jürgen Ruck.

In addition to his university performances he has also regularly attended academies, guitar festivals and master courses given by renowned musicians such as Roberto Aussel, Marcin Dylla, Dale Kavenagh and Oscar Gighlia.

Raphael Ophaus has won several national prizes in the "Jugend musiziert" competition in the categories “Guitar solo”, “Guitar Duo” and Contemporry music”. He was semifinalist of the “Deutscher Musikwettbewerb” in Stuttgart and finalist of the prestigious international guitar competition in Gevelsberg. 

Raphael Ophaus is scholarsholder of some of the most important german scholarship such as the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”; “Deutschlandstipendium” and the Yehudi Menuih scholarship “Live music now”.

Because of his versatility Raphael Ophaus frequently plays as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra musician in concert halls like the “Philharmonie Essen”, “Alte Oper Frankfurt” and “Teatro R. Valli” in Reggio Emilia. Furthermore he already played in Amerika and Asia. He worked with some of the most important conductors alive such as Dennis Russel Davies, Jonathan Stockhammer and Ilan Volkov. In 2014 he played with the “Ensemble modern” and Peter Rundel “De Materie” by Louis Andriessen at the opening concert of the “Ruhrtriennale 2014”.