Raphael Stefan Sommer

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Raphael Stefan Sommer

Birthplace: Prague, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Death: November 13, 2001 (64)
Tel Aviv, Israel (while on a concert tour)
Immediate Family:

Son of Leopold Sommer and Alice Herz-Sommer
Husband of Private
Ex-husband of Private
Father of Ariel Ernst Emil Sommer and Private

Occupation: Eminent Cellist
Managed by: Ariel Ernst Emil Sommer
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About Raphael Stefan Sommer


Raphael Sommer scholarship, cello.org, YouTube Rachmaninov Cello Sonata 3rd movt - Raphael Sommer, Telegraph obituary

Guardian obituary "I have very good memories of that place, thanks to my mother," said the cellist Raphael Sommer, speaking on BBC Radio 3 about the two years he spent as a child in the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin, 35 miles outside Prague. "She did everything to hide all the atrocities from me, and to create a kind of normality." In Terezin, Raphael, who has died of an aneurysm of the aorta aged 64, turned the pages at every weekly concert his mother, Alice Hertz Sommer, a Czech concert pianist, was forced to perform, in addition to forced labour. He also performed the role of the sparrow in the camp production of Hans Krása's fable about tyranny, Brundibar. Years later, he conducted many memorable performances of the opera. Raphael Sommer, who had been born in Prague, was one of only a handful of children to survive Terezín. He was sent to the camp with his parents in July 1943; a year later, his father, Leopold, was moved to Dachau, where he died six weeks before it was liberated. Mother and son were billeted in a narrow room with 16 other inmates, but fortunately remained together. After the war, they reached Israel, where Alice became a teacher and Raphael a pupil at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. His first instrument was, reluctantly, the piano until, at the age of 11, he embarked on a happy and enduring relationship with the cello.. A succession of prizes and outstanding debut performances.. In 1967, a parallel career as a highly respected teacher began when Raphael took over the cello department of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 1989, he became professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London, as well as a judge of international competitions..

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Raphael Stefan Sommer's Timeline

June 21, 1937
Prague, Bohemia, Czech Republic
November 13, 2001
Age 64
Tel Aviv, Israel