André Raphel

André  Raphel

André Raphel

A dynamic and versatile conductor hailed for his profound musical performances, André Raphel is renowned for his technical brilliance. Raphel has led critically acclaimed festivals, world premieres and commissioned works by Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon, Kenneth Fuchs, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Uri Caine and Hannibal Lokumbe.  

Named Conductor Laureate of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra starting with the 2018/19 season, André Raphel led the orchestra as Music Director for 15 years. Other key positions have included, Assistant Conductor to Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic for two years. He was Assistant Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra for six years. Raphel served for three years as Assistant Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony.    

Raphel has appeared with most of the major American orchestras including Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. In  2018, he returned to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra. Raphel has led Germany’s Bamberg Symphony in two recordings for Bavarian Broadcasting. He made his Los Angeles debut conducting at the gala opening of The Broad museum.       

André Raphel made his European debut with the Neubrandenburger Philharmonie and has also led the Moravska Philharmonie. He made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a concert celebrating the centennial of Marian Anderson. Among other numerous orchestras, he has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, and Seattle.

Born André Raphel Smith in Durham, North Carolina, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami. He pursued further study at Yale University where he earned his Master’s Degree. He studied conducting at The Curtis Institute of Music earning a Diploma in conducting, and at The Juilliard School where he received an Advanced Certificate in orchestral conducting.

Raphel is the recipient of numerous honors and awards which attest to his artistry. Among them, The Philadelphia Orchestra issued a special commemorative CD featuring William Grant Still’s Symphony No.1 with Raphel conducting. The North Carolina Senate awarded Raphel the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” which is the state’s highest honor for a civilian.  For further information visit: